Dam removal underway
County K near Little Hope closed during project
Removal of the remains of the Little Hope dam on the Crystal River in Dayton began Monday, July 20.
Crews broke up and removed the dam’s concrete floor, replaced the floor with a culvert, covered the culvert with heavy stone to create a temporary bridge and started tearing out the dam abutments.
The temporary bridge will allow county crews to move heavy equipment from the east side to begin work on the west side of the dam.
Fill will be removed from the west side of the dam, the embankment will be widened, the slope flattened and riprap added to protect it from erosion.
Once work on the west side is completed, the crews and equipment will move to the east side, remove the temporary culvert, the concrete floor of the dam and its east abutment.
The guard rail on the west side will also be removed. The embankments will be seeded and mulched.
The project is estimated to take about two weeks, depending on weather.
County Trunk K and Nelson Park will be closed during the project.
Traffic will be detoured along Parfreyville Road, which connects to County K both north and west of the work area.