Intermittent road closures planned for T-15 over dam

Oct 23, 2015

Intermittent road closures planned for T-15 over dam

Highway T-15, at the Lake Red Rock Dam, will be closed for short durations beginning Oct. 27 as work continues on the Red Rock Hydroelectric Project (RRHP) at the dam site.

The road closures, which will occur between the hours of 8 a.m., and 8 p.m., Monday through Friday, will be less than an hour in length and are necessary for the safety of the public and crews working on RRHP.

Variable Message Boards will be posted along T-15 on both the Pella and Knoxville sides of the dam to inform drivers of the closures. The intermittent, short-duration road closures are expected to continue until late December, and a separate press release will be issued once the need for the closures has passed.

Missouri River Energy Services (MRES), which supplies wholesale electricity and energy services to 60 communities, including Pella, in the states of Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota, is building RRHP. When the project is completed in 2018, it will be the second largest hydropower facility in Iowa and will be capable of supplying enough electricity to meet the needs of 18,000 homes.

“We regret that these road closures will cause inconveniences to people in the area, particularly those who use T-15,” said MRES Director of Member Services and Communications Joni Livingston. “But the safety of the public and of the workers at the project site remains our primary concern.”