New Ragged Mountain Dam Halfway Done

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The work to build a new Ragged Mountain dam - and raise the reservoir water height by 30 feet - is halfway done. 

Much has changed on Ragged Mountain in a short amount of time. A lot of the work has been underground and is now transitioning above ground.

The tedious underground foundation work to support the new earthen dam is complete. An intake tower is also now online.

Crews are preparing to start placing the soil layers for the dam. From bottom to top, the dam will stand 130 feet tall.

"I am happy. We have an excellent contractor that has performed well. We're on schedule. We're on budget. And we've worked together well," said Tom Frederick, executive director of the Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority.

The project is expected to cost $26 million. It should be done by March of next year.

To make way for the higher reservoir level, the contractor had to clear cut a number of trees in the area. But when all is done, the water will come up to the trees that remain.

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