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.
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.
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.
Release no. 16-010