On January 9, 2024, the river exploded with stormwater runoff from heavy rains. Based on our calculations, the river peaked at over 5,000 cubic feet per second. Normal run-of-river flows average below 100 cfs. This is the second time in three years that the flows have risen to this level. The Design-Build team will include design features to handle this type of event during construction.
Excellent quality rock throughout the drill program has encouraged the team tremendously.
The team has begun drilling the bedrock to determine its quality in the vicinity of the new dam. So far, the results are excellent: solid granitic gneiss, 100% recovery, with no fault lines on hole #3. Perfect conditions.
Thomas Grading is placing riprap in the new roadbed as a base, with landscape fabric and crusher-run to follow.
This is the beginning of the access road for the geotechnical investigation. Our team will use this road to place a drill rig into the river to bore holes up to 30 meters deep to determine the best location for the rock anchors to secure the dam.
It's been a wonder of engineering, lasting as it has for over 130 years, but the time has come to replace it. This is the purpose of the Lake Conestee Dam Restoration Project. We are honored to be a part of the solution to this serious problem.