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Only One Lane Open on Road Over Hells Canyon Dam Next Two Weeks

Hells Canyon Journal of Halfway, Oregon

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The road over Hells Canyon Dam will continue to be restricted to one lane while Idaho Power crews perform maintenance on the dam. The work began Monday, March 9 and is expected to continue for at least two weeks.

Flaggers at either end of the dam will control traffic between 8:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. each day, Monday through Thursday. Although flaggers will not be present at night or on Fridays, the road may be restricted to one lane by equipment on the dam; motorists are urged to use extra caution when crossing.

Additionally, a reader board is in place at Oxbow to warn drivers of the road restriction.

The maintenance work on the dam's intake gates is expected to take several weeks.

Completed in 1967, Hells Canyon Dam is Idaho Power's second-largest dam in terms of electricity generation. It has a nameplate capacity of 391.5 megawatts.

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Original Publication Date: March 11, 2015

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