Traffic access to Canyon Ferry Dam closed Wednesday due to repairs

The Bureau of Reclamation plans to close access to all traffic across Canyon Ferry Dam on state Highway 284, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, to help with required repairs.

The temporary road closure is necessary to repair one of the fixed wheel gates. The road closure was originally scheduled in October, but winter weather delayed the closure.

“This is a critical piece of equipment, and repairs must take place as soon as possible by using a crane on the dam crest,” Dan Stremcha, Canyon Ferry facility manager, said in a news release.

He said the dam is functioning during the repairs and there is no threat to the public.

Travelers must seek alternate routes north and south of the dam during the closure period.

State Highway 284 will be closed to traffic on both sides of the Canyon Ferry Dam from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday.

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Construction on Canyon Ferry Dam began in May of 1948 and was completed in June of 1954. The dam, powerplant and reservoir constitute the Canyon Ferry Unit. Canyon Ferry Reservoir offers a wide range of

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