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Short-term road closures planned for early hours Tuesday, April 21

Short-term road closures planned for early hours Tuesday, April 21

Apr 20

A rolling roadblock will occur for up to two hours between the hours of midnight and 6:00 a.m., Tuesday, April 21 to accommodate the movement of a large re-bar cage that will be used in the construction of the Red Rock Hydroelectric Project.

Road closures will begin at the North Tailwater construction area and move down 216th Place to T-17, south on T-17 to G-46, west on G-46 to T-15 and north on T-15 to the upstream construction area of the Red Rock Hydroelectric Project. As the re-bar cage movement is completed at each section of road, that section will be reopened.

In addition, T-15 will be restricted to one lane throughout the day and a pilot car and flaggers will be directing traffic until the concrete placement is completed. 

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Short-term road closures planned for early hours Thursday

Short-term road closures planned for early hours Thursday

Apr 15

A rolling roadblock will occur for up to two hours between the hours of midnight and 6:00 a.m., Thursday, April 16 to accommodate the movement of a large re-bar cage that will be used in the construction of the Red Rock Hydroelectric Project.

Road closures will begin at the North Tailwater construction area and move down 216th Place to T-17, south on T-17 to G-46, west on G-46 to T-15 and north on T-15 to the upstream construction area of the Red Rock Hydroelectric Project. As the re-bar cage movement is completed at each section of road, that section will be reopened.

In addition, T-15 will be restricted to one lane throughout the day and a pilot car and flaggers will be directing traffic until the concrete placement is completed.

For more information, contact Vern Cochran at Missouri River Energy Services, phone: 605-321-9569.

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Lake Red Rock area camground and recreational facility openings

Lake Red Rock area camground and recreational facility openings

Mar 27

Spring has officially arrived and with it comes plans to enjoy the campgrounds and recreational facilities in the Lake Red Rock area. In 2015, some of those recreation areas are closed to the public and will remain closed during the construction of a hydroelectric power plant near the Red Rock Dam. Missouri River Energy Services (MRES), the builder of the project, reminds outdoor enthusiasts to refrain from entering the North Tailwater Recreation Area immediately downstream from the Red Rock Dam. The North Overlook Picnic Area and a section of the Volksweg Bike Trail are also closed.  “We realize that the closure causes an inconvenience for fishermen, bikers and campers, but the primary concern of MRES is for the safety of the public and construction workers,” said MRES Director of Member Services and Communications Joni Livingston. 

The status of Lake Red Rock Recreation facilities is as follows: 

CLOSED due to project construction:

  • North Overlook Picnic Area – CLOSED to the public through May 2016
  • North Tailwater Recreation Area – CLOSED to the public for the duration of the project
  • Volksweg Bike Trail from Howell Station Campground to North Overlook Picnic Area – CLOSED to the public for the duration of the project

OPEN and not affected by project construction:

  • Elk Rock State Park Campground – OPEN
  • Hickory Ridge Wilderness Camp – OPEN
  • Howell Station Recreation Area and Campground – OPENS for season on April 16
  • Ivan’s Recreation Area and Campground – OPENS April 23
  • North Overlook Recreation Area and Campground – OPENS for season April 23
  • Roberts Creek Park Campground – OPEN
  • South Tailwater Recreation Area – OPEN
  • Wallashuck Recreation Area – OPENS for season April 23
  • Whitebreast Recreation Area and Campground – OPENS for season April 23
  • Whitebreast Youth Camp Area – OPENS April
  • Volksweg Bike Trail – OPEN except from Howell Station Campground to North Overlook Picnic Area

MRES has taken several measures to enhance recreation in the Red Rock Dam area, including the construction of a 7,000-foot extension of the Volksweg Bike Trail to extend the trail from the Fifield Recreation Area to the Robert’s Creek Trailhead. Other features added to the area include picnic shelters, a playground, a fish-cleaning station, restrooms, parking facilities and water fountains. 

For the latest information on recreation facilities and campgrounds, call the Lake Red Rock Project Office at 641-828-7522 or visit:  www.mvr.usace.army.mil/Missions/Recreation/LakeRedRock.   

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Safety concerns mean access is restricted in hydroelectric project construction areas

Safety concerns mean access is restricted in hydroelectric project construction areas

Mar 23

Fishermen and others are reminded to refrain from entering restricted areas near the Red Rock Dam where construction of a new hydroelectric power plant is under way. “The safety of the public as well as the construction workers is a primary concern for everyone involved in the project,” said Missouri River Energy Services (MRES) Director of Member Services and Communications Joni Livingston. MRES is building the Red Rock Hydroelectric Project.

The general contractor for the project, Ames Construction of Burnsville, Minn., plans to finish work next week on a cellular cofferdam that is designed to keep water out of the site during construction of the powerhouse on the downstream side of the Red Rock Dam. Once that work is completed, workers will begin to install sheeting for a 335-foot closure dike that will connect the cofferdam to the land. Both the cofferdam and the closure dike are temporary structures that will be removed when all of the construction at the site is completed.

Crews continue to work day and night and short-term rolling road closures continue to occur every several days in the overnight hours as large rebar cages are moved from the North Tailwater staging area to the construction area on the upstream side of the Dam.

MRES serves 61 member municipally owned utilities in the states of Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota. The Red Rock Hydroelectric Project, when operational, will produce enough electricity to serve about 18,000 homes and it will be the second largest hydroelectric facility in the State of Iowa.

For more information, contact Joni Livingston at MRES, phone: 605-338-4042; email: joni.livingston@mrenergy.com or visit the project website at www.redrockhydroproject.com. 

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MRES releases new RRHP progress video

MRES releases new RRHP progress video

Mar 20

MRES recently released a new video that highlights the progress of the Red Rock Hydroelectric Project. View it here:

RRHP Video

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