Ice issue poses no risk for dam, residents
By N3 News Team
The road across Hardy Dam has been closed again and will remain so until further notice. That section of 36th Street had been shut down Thursday due to an issue with the tipping walls involving an ice buildup creating pressure on the wall blocks. It was reopened after testing was performed later that afternoon.
According to information released by Consumers Energy contractors will be onsite Monday to start the process of removing ice from the upstream side of the tipping wall and the road will be closed until it can be safely reopened to traffic.
The two tipping wall sections have tilted further toward the roadway, with the greatest movement in Section 4 from about 4 inches to about 10 inches. (2 of the 7 sections associated with the tipping wall have shown additional movement.)
The change still poses no risk of a release of water and there is no risk to Hardy Dam, Croton Dam or downstream residents.
Because of the proximity of the tipping wall to the roadway, Consumers Energy has requested that the road over Hardy Dam be closed for the safety of motorists due to the additional tipping wall movement.
Emergency personnel are aware of the issue and an alternate coverage plan have been put into place.
Abby Watkins Newaygo County Emergency Services Director encourages residents to sign up for Nixle by texting NewaygoES to 888777 to receive alerts or accessing NewaygoES on Facebook for the most up to date information.
N3 will provide updates as they become available.