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Plans to Improve Hollymead Dam Could Soon Move Forward

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ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) -

Albemarle County is looking to move forward with plans to improve the Hollymead Dam.

The state is requiring the county to make improvements to the dam after a study was conducted on what would happen if a super storm hit the area. The improvements that are being discussed will make the dam stronger and help prevent failure if water overflowed from it.

The project hasn't yet been sent out for bids, but it's expected to cost $2.3 million.

“We're not going to change the look of the dam very much at all, what we're going to do is place what's called articulated concrete block on the downstream face of it, and that's going to actually be covered by soil and grass after we're done - so it'll look very much the same,” says Greg Harper, Albemarle County’s chief of environmental services.

The Albemarle County Board of Supervisors will vote on an application on Thursday, July 5, that will go to the Virginia Department of Transportation to close Timberwood Parkway for the construction.

The project is expected to start by fall 2018.