Rising water delays lake road work

Staff Writer

Days of rain have Grenada Lake on the rise and a key projects put on a hold until the water recedes.

Construction work on the second portion of Old Highway 8 elevation project has come to a halt with Grenada Lake rising as much as 10 feet and covering much of the existing road.

“We’ve seen a lot of rain over the past week, and we’ll only get more,” said Engineer Karl Grubb, who is overseeing the project. “With the lake being up 10 feet, no progress can be made out there.”

Since December, C.E. Ward Construction Company of Vaiden, had worked on the second portion of the road that crosses Wolf Creek. Once the second job is complete the entire road will be finished, making an easier route to The Dogwoods Golf Course and Hugh White State Park.
Two concrete box culverts, both 22-feet wide, are being placed on the road, preventing the lake from covering them for most of the year. The first portion of the road, just a few feet east of 333 Restaurant was completed last year. Because of the rain, the current box culvert is filled with water, causing another setback for workers.

“The box is elevated at 198 and still has eight feet of water inside it,” Grubb said. “That’s a lot of water.”

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