TVA Press Release

TVA To Close One Lane Across Fort Loudoun Dam At Night

Nov. 18, 2009

LENOIR CITY, Tenn. -- Traffic on U.S. Highway 321 across Fort Loudoun Dam will be restricted to one lane at night except on weekends beginning Sunday, Nov. 22, while TVA crews raise the elevation of the dam.

The lane will be closed from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m., Sunday through Thursday for the duration of the project, which is expected to last about two weeks. All lanes of U.S. 321 will be open during daylight hours and on Fridays and Saturdays. No work will be performed on Thanksgiving Day.

TVA is placing sand baskets on top of the dam as part of a project to raise the elevation of four dams to help reduce the risk of flooding in the unlikely event of weather more extreme than any conditions ever recorded in the region. The extra height would prevent water from overtopping and damaging the earthen embankments.

TVA is the nationís largest public power provider and is completely self-financing. TVA provides power to large industries and 158 power distributors that serve approximately 9 million consumers in seven southeastern states. TVA also creates economic development opportunities and manages the Tennessee River and its tributaries to provide multiple benefits, including flood damage reduction, navigation, water quality and recreation.