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City and University of Lynchburg Announce Phase One of College Lake Dam Removal Project
The City hired the engineering firm AECOM to conduct a Preliminary Engineering Report (PER) to evaluate the best options for removing the dam and restoring the lakebed. The PER and design phase of the dam removal project are expected to take approximately 18 months.
During the August 2, 2018 flooding event, College Lake Dam suffered extensive structural damage which resulted in the evacuation of approximately 150 residents who live downstream. Afterward, the City of Lynchburg and the University of Lynchburg worked closely with experts to make temporary repairs and install real-time monitoring equipment to reduce the risk of future emergencies. However, the dam remains a hazard and must be removed.
In the coming weeks, AECOM scientists and engineers will study sediment and collect ecological data in the project area. Small flags will be placed in the ground within the project area to identify these locations for later reference. Residents who come across these flags while walking or hiking near College Lake are asked not to tamper with them.
The dam removal design phase will be coordinated with a separate City project to build a four-lane bridge over Blackwater Creek. This bridge will replace the stretch of Lakeside Drive which currently crosses the dam. While occasional brief closures on Lakeside Drive might be necessary, the roadway is expected to remain open to traffic throughout the dam removal design phase. Motorists will be alerted to any traffic changes.
Click here to view a map of the affected area.