Addicks and Barker Construction Project updates: Hike and bike trail closures

GALVESTON, Texas (March 15, 2016) ­– The first impacts to the hike and bike trail system associated with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District’s Addicks and Barker Dam Safety Construction Project will begin April 1, 2016 with the temporary closure of the hike and bike trail located on the downstream side of the dam at the water control structure, until work is complete in the spring of 2019. The temporary closure will also include the gravel maintenance road atop of Addicks Dam.

“These closures are necessary to facilitate the construction of a new water control structure at Addicks Dam, 400 feet to the west of the existing structure, and to ensure public safety in and around the construction area for the duration of the construction,” said John Long, resident engineer overseeing the construction of the dam safety improvements.

District personnel coordinated the trail closure with Harris County Precinct 3 staff, the operator of the trail, who will be erecting signs at critical locations to notify the public that the trail is closed.

“We ask that the public respect these closures as well as signs and fences restricting access to other locations around the construction area,” said Long. “The notifications are there for your safety and the safety of the contractors working in the area.”

According to Long, additional closures and trail re-routing will be necessary at the Barker Dam in the near future. Information about the temporary closures will be disseminated to the public when the dates are determined.

For additional information about the Addicks and Barker Dam Safety Program, please visit www.swg.usace.army.mil; email addicksandbarker@usace.army.mil or call 409-766-3004 or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GalvestonDistrict.

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