Commonwealth Journal

Local News

June 15, 2007

Replacement dam unlikely

Feasibility study likely to nix roller-compacted concrete dam

A roller-compacted concrete dam to effectively replace the earthen section of troubled Wolf Creek Dam apparently is becoming less likely as time draws nearer for a final report on a feasibility study of the massive rehabilitation project.

Dave Treadway, public affairs specialist for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Nashville District, told the Commonwealth Journal this week that “ ... all indications point to a diaphragm as the most feasible, most cost effective, most workable plan.” He said a final report on the current study probably will be made the last of June.

“The report will give us enough information so we will know if we can rule out (a roller-compacted dam),” Treadway said. “If such a new dam appears feasible, more work will have to be done,” he added.

A diaphragm -- a four-to-five-foot-thick concrete wall extending through the earthen section of the dam and some 100 feet into the bedrock below the dam -- is the original plan and the one for which preparations currently are being made.

A contract for a diaphragm is tentatively scheduled to be let in December. It would be the second concrete wall extended through the earthen section of the dam. However, the diaphragm built during the 1970s was not as long or as deep as the planned structure.

A roller-compacted dam would be constructed with layers of concrete, each compacted with heavy equipment. The structure would be immediately downstream from the existing earthen section and would tie in with the existing concrete part of the dam. The earthen dam would remain and U.S. 127 across the dam would be undisturbed, according to early reports.

Lt. Col. Steven J. Roemhildt, commander of the Corps’ Nashville District, recently told the Commonwealth Journal that a roller-compacted dam would require lowering the lake level much lower than now, a situation unacceptable in a region where the economy is tied closely with the lake. He said the proposed diaphragm “will provide a permanent fix until the end of the (21st) century.”

Text Only
Local News
  • Consumer Price Index_Neal.jpg FTC probing state gas prices

    The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in cooperation with U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, has agreed to review allegations of possible gas-price gouging in Kentucky. Such a review would be welcomed in Pulaski County where complaints about high gas prices have been rampant for years.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • First reading of 2014-15 budget is approved

    Pulaski Fiscal Court yesterday passed the first reading of the proposed $29.87 million 2014-15 budget.

    April 22, 2014

  • New Carrie Wiese 1.jpg City: There’s no ‘status quo’ on payroll tax

    Despite what Pulaski County’s state senator termed a “freeze” on cities taking a share of the county’s occupational tax, the City of Somerset plans on keeping its options open.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Hospice Conf pic last year.png Hospice of Lake Cumberland hosting Caregiver Conference

    Caring for loved ones who can’t take care of themselves can be a very difficult task. Every little bit of knowledge, support, and encouragement helps.
    To that end, Hospice of Lake Cumberland is looking to provide a helping hand with their third-annual Caregiver Conference this weekend.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Camp liberty 3.jpg ‘Camp Liberty!’ 2014 promises to be 'best one yet'

    The Liberty Nature Center, formerly the Southwestern High School Raptor Rehabilitation Center, may have some new digs, but the opportunities for young kids to get up close and personal to nature still abound.

    April 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • MUG Kyle Perry.jpg Local man charged with abuse of minor under the age of 12

    A northern Pulaski County man was indicted this month for child abuse.

    April 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • carrie dixon-wiese.jpg Local housing facility subject of $349,000 lawsuit

    A local housing facility is the subject of a lawsuit in U.S. Eastern District Court, with several major entities named as defendants — though the Somerset city attorney notes that’s actually more for their protection.
    The defendants listed included the City of Somerset, Somerset Independent Board of Education, and Pulaski County government, as well as the company Somerset East Mt. Vernon Associates, Ltd.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Brenzel and LCRH sign cmyk.jpg Brenzel steps down as LCRH CEO

    Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital (LCRH) has announced that CEO Mark Brenzel has decided to step down from the top leadership position.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Science Hill elementary students promote recycling

    For one group of Science Hill Independent students, taking out the trash isn’t something they avoid.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Last rescue adopted pic.jpg Last of dogs rescued from Nancy kennel is adopted

    The last of 27 dogs housed at a Louisville animal rescue center after they were taken from a western Pulaski County puppy mill in a January raid has found a permanent home.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

News Live
AP Video
Raw: Deadly Bombing in Egypt Raw: What's Inside a Commercial Jet Wheel Well Raw: Obama Arrives in Japan for State Visit Raw: Anti-Obama Activists Fight Manila Police Motels Near Disney Fighting Homeless Problem Michigan Man Sees Thanks to 'bionic Eye' Obama to Oso: We'll Be Here As Long As It Takes Bon Jovi Helps Open Low-income Housing in Philly Pipeline Opponents Protest on National Mall Hagel Gets Preview of New High-tech Projects S.C. Man Apologizes for Naked Walk in Wal-Mart New Country Music Hall of Fame Inductees Named 'Piles' of Bodies in South Sudan Slaughter SCOTUS Hears Tv-over-Internet Case Chief Mate: Crew Told to Escape After Passengers Iowa College Finds Beauty in Bulldogs
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide