16-010 Lower Granite Dam vehicle crossings to be delayed March 21-24

Published March 17, 2016

POMEROY, Wash. – Public vehicle access across Lower Granite Lock and Dam will be delayed repeatedly for up to two hours from Monday, March 21, through Thursday, March 24. The Corps is working on both seasonal fish screen maintenance and additional efforts related to construction of the Juvenile Fish Facility bypass upgrade.

In recent months, closure of Lower Granite Dam crossings for up to two hours have been infrequent. Corps officials posted signs several months ago indicating there may be delays of up to two hours due to Juvenile Fish Facility upgrade construction, though there were few delays. However, officials currently plan frequent dam crossing closures of up to two hours March 21-24, more frequently than in the recent past.

Lower Granite crossings are normally allowed daily from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., except for federal holidays unless otherwise announced. Tour and school buses must contact the dam at 509-843-1493 at least 24 hours in advance for crossing authorization, and there may be additional considerations for bus drivers during Lower Granite construction.

During crossing delays, the Visitor Center and south-shore recreation areas west of the dam on Almota-Ferry Road will remain accessible only from the south riverbank of the lower Snake River. Corps staff and those conducting official business on the north shore can access the dam via the north-shore approach on State Highway 194. The south-shore Visitor Center phone is 509-843-1493, ext. 262.



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Release no. 16-010