Mansfield Dam: 70 years later, rehab's gonna cost 'yah'Mansfield Dam: 70 years later, rehab's gonna cost 'yah'https://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=16962015-02-19T11:38:00Z2015-02-19T00:00:00Z

TRAVIS COUNTY - The Lower Colorado River Authority has launched a ten-year, $10 million plan to completely overhaul the Mansfield Dam’s floodgates.

The project is the first time the gates have been overhauled in the more than 70-year history of the dam, which was completed in 1942.

The floodgates are removed and repaired one at a time, leaving the remaining 23 gates to operate in the rare-chance of a flood, according to Ryan Rowney, LCRA vice president of water operations.

The 50,000-pound gates cost about $600,000 each and take six to eight months to repair. The majority of the repair work is done at LCRA facilities, such as the Fayette Power Projects machine shop.

The project, which was budgeted and paid for as a capital improvement project by LCRA, will not affect local water prices and outside of a monthly parts delivery, should have a minimal effect on traffic on RR 620, Rowney said.

“These gates need to work like they were designed to, that way when we do get that next flood — which is going to happen someday — they are ready to go and operate exactly how they were designed in the 1940s.”

The Mansfield Dam work is part of a project to work on all six of the dams of the Highland Lakes.

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