Lake Blue Ridge Dam Project

TVA (Tennessee Valley Authority) sponsored a Open House on December 11, 2010 for the community to see first hand the rehabilitation work that is taking place on the Lake Blue Ridge Dam.

More than 500 people braved the cold temps, and being that my husband Terry and I are both really big Lake Blue Ridge enthusiasts we decided to see first hand how the work was coming along. 

TVA provided a tent (with heat thank goodness) with lots of  historic photos of the dam construction in the mid 1920s and provided  special viewing stands to see first hand the being done on the lake side and also allowed people to walk on the road the crosses the dam to see the work being down on the downstream side of the dam. There were many TVA staff to answer any of the visitors questions.

Reservoir Level  

April 1, 2011 is the scheduled date to begin filling the reservoir. In order to ensure the safety of workers while they complete all elements of the dam rehabilitation, TVA drew down the reservoir to an elevation of 1,620 feet about sea level, which for the past three  months, there have been about 90 feet of water in the reservoir. Full pool is about 1,680 feet during the summer and the winter pool under normal conditions is usually about 1,660 feet.              blueridgedrawdown_timeline

Rehabilitation objectives 

TVA undertook the Blue Ridge Dam rehabilitation project to accomplish the following goals:

  • To ensure safe operation of the dam.
  • Eliminate deep drawdowns of the reservoir, which have historically occurred every five years.
  • Repair the buckled penstock (which occurred in the 1930s) and to stabilize the intake tower, which are core structures for proper operation.
  • Reinforce the upstream and downstream faces of the dam to provide greater strength in case of seismic event.

Even though the schedule date of April 2011 is set to begin filling the reservoir, TVA will continue to have Old Highway 76 across the dam closed for the two-year duration of the project due to the construction activity and heavy equipment at the site.

And the good news is that the project is on schedule!!!! 

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Just remember this is necessary and temporary, and we will have our beautiful Lake Blue Ridge in the near future to spend those long lazy days of summer on!

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 Project Updates

You can sign up for e-mail updates on the progress at www.tva.com/river/blueridge.htm

Information on how TVA manages Blue Ridge is at www.tva.gov/river/lakeinfo/op_guides/blueridge.

For daily operating information, visit  www.tva.gov/lakes/brh_r.htm

For homes and land on Lake Blue Ridge, please visit www.ledfordproperties.com

Partial information for my blog was provided by the Tennessee Valley Authority

Patty Ledford

Realtor

patty@ellijay.com

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