FLEMINGSBURG--Work on the Fox Valley Dam project is once again under way after inclement weather put a damper on progress.
Fleming County's Fox Valley Dam project is proceeding this week after the recent downpours caused somewhat of a hindrance. Marvin Suit, chairperson for the Fox Creek Watershed Conservancy District, said Wednesday that the committee met May 24 regarding the project and after rain delays, this week they are proceeding with the roller compacted concrete.
Specific details of the dam that are completed or near completion include a stilling basin consisting of 2,800 cubic yards of roller compacted concrete and the structural walls of the dam as well. Starting at the bottom and working toward the top is the plan, said Aaron Collins, senior staff engineer.
The Fox Valley Dam was found to be "partially incompliant" by the Kentucky Office of Dam Safety nearly two years ago because several structures were built in its "breach zone." Below the dam are 17 structures including homes and a church that could be affected if the dam should breach, or break. However, the dam upgrade is necessary only to make the dam meet "high hazard criteria." Fox Valley was one of 37 dams red-flagged by the state office for inspection.
Aside from contruction, the dam also serves as a part of the Fox Valley Recreation Area. With all the construction occurring, a significant effect on the recreation area is anticipated.
Fleming County Judge-Executive Larry Foxworthy said that there will be an effect, a positive one.
"Other than the lake being drained, I don't foresee any real negatives to the project," he said.
The $3.8 million Fox Valley Dam project is expected to be completed in January of 2012.