The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it poured concrete Wednesday for the last pile of the barrier wall….completing the last and most critical component of the Wolf Creek Dam Rehabilitation Project. This last step is required to mitigate seepage deep in the foundation of the dam’s embankment.
It was the last of more than 1,100 piles that are approximately three feet in diameter and extend up to 275 feet into bedrock below the foundation of the embankment. Altogether, they interlock to form the barrier wall.
If the review period proves successful, the Corp plans to raise Lake Cumberland pool in increments this spring and summer. The initial increment will target an operating zone between 700 and 705 feet….or about 20 feet higher than the current range of elevation of 680 and 685.
A ceremonial concrete placement and public completion ceremony is scheduled at the Wolf Creek Dam work platform for Friday, April 19 at 10:00 a.m. central time. Repairs to the dam began nearly six years ago in early 2007.