The Fort Worth District celebrated the official reopen of Fort Polk’s railroad with a ribbon cutting ceremony Aug. 15. The project included replacement of 19,500 cross ties and 26 culverts, and repaired 19 switches and 21 road crossings. The railroad is vital to the Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort Polk mission, transporting an average of 920 pieces of rolling stock and supporting more than ten rotations annually. In less than a year, Fort Polk’s railroad infrastructure underwent more than $14 million in upgrades.
Beginning tonight, Aug. 13, the road across Grapevine Lake Dam will be closed to public traffic. Only authorized persons and vehicles will have access to accomplish U.S. Army Corps of Engineer’s missions.
The Fort Worth District is in the initial process of repairing a shallow slide at Grapevine Lake Dam. As a part of this forthcoming repair, the Corps had intended to close the road during the construction phase only. However, due to current weather conditions the road is being closed now.
The Corps is closing the road effective the night of Aug. 13 as a precautionary measure to ensure the safety of the public as there is a concern with vehicles on the roadway.
The dam continues to function as designed to accomplish the flood risk management, water supply and other mission responsibilities.