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    KEN
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    Well, Summer is half over! πŸ™

    There must be some head way made on The Spirit Dam by now? πŸ˜•

    #32252

    Old Scout
    Participant

    They are working on it now. Mon – Thurs, long days but 3 day weekend. Not sure what all they are doing but a lot of steel has been driven in behind the berm. they also built a road to reach the south side for their equipment.

    #32253

    KEN
    Participant

    @Old Scout wrote:

    They are working on it now. Mon – Thurs, long days but 3 day weekend. Not sure what all they are doing but a lot of steel has been driven in behind the berm. they also built a road to reach the south side for their equipment.

    OH, Good! πŸ˜€

    They`re installing the special Walleye / Northern Pike barriers! πŸ™‚

    When the Walleye and Northerns hit those steel barriers, they turn around and go back into the The Spirit. 😯

    There, they will grow to trophy sizes! πŸ˜‰

    #32254

    Old Scout
    Participant

    If they`re not using the equipment, why don`t you and me take it down the road and clean up The Fulsher School area! πŸ˜‰

    Where would we find all the big dumpsters to haul every thing away? The roof has fallen in and I would be a bit nervous to go inside. The best thing anyone could do would be to burn it and haul out the remains. I have no doubt that someone would be happy to have a nice lot like that.

    If the right person had purchased the school there are so many things that could have been done with the building. πŸ™

    #32255

    KEN
    Participant

    @Old Scout wrote:

    find all the big dumpsters to haul every thing away? The roof has fallen in and I would be a bit nervous to go inside.


    There just has to be some town or county ordinance that is being violated with have that property in such disrepair!

    If the building can`t be repaired, the area should be cleared and made into a park/playground/green space.

    The bricks could be salvaged to make pathways, and timbers and wood for benches.

    The Fulsher School stone could be saved for a marker showing what was at one time on that site.

    At least then the former students and faculty would have a decent place to reflect on the good memories of the past.

    #32256

    KEN
    Participant

    Looking at the article in The Leader, it seems like the work to fix the Dam problem is more complicated then I thought. 😳

    Which might be a good thing.

    The fix looks to be a more permanent fix to the problem. πŸ™‚

    I somehow feel this problem could affect other Dams in the Tomahawk area in the future. 😯

    Hopefully , The Spirit will be full come Spring, and we can put this problem behind us for decades to come! πŸ˜‰

    #32257

    mrbrowns
    Member

    They installed a steel wall the entire length of earthen dam that in some places goes 60 feet deep all the way down to bedrock. Over 2 million pounds of steel was used to complete the wall. Right now a specialty crew is working to pour concrete in the two gaps where the steel walls abut the dam structure on each side. Once this project is complete and the work is signed off on, they could begin refilling the dam to three feet below full, which in all likelihood will not happen until next spring, unless we get a fall deluge like we had last year. Next spring they plan to begin Phase 2 of work below the dam.

    #32258

    KEN
    Participant

    “. Next spring they plan to begin Phase 2 of work below the dam.”

    Any Idea what is all involved in “PHASE 2”

    #32259

    mrbrowns
    Member

    Phase 2 will involve addressing a boil that was discovered and addressed two years ago next to the fishing platform below the Spirit Dam. They plan to address it after the rainy season next summer. Not sure yet of what all the details will include, but I suspect it will be much less involved than the massive project that took place above the dam this fall. Let’s just say water in the Spirit is pretty valuable to WVIC considering the money spent repairing the dam.

    #32260

    Old Scout
    Participant

    Now we just have to get in the habit of stopping for the stop signs on the bridge below the dam. I asked the county the reason for them and this is the reply they sent.

    The stop signs are for logging trucks. They are coming at 90,000 to 120,000 pounds and bouncing on the weak bridge deck. The cars have to obey the same stop signs.

    I asked, Was looking at the sign by the bridge today and am wondering why the trucks are allowed to carry that much weight when the bridge has a sign that states it is a 40 ton bridge. shouldn’t it be restricted so they aren’t overloading it.

    The answer I received;

    Bridge has been submitted in STP Bridge Program for possible funding this spring. (WisDOT). If picked, construction may happen in two to three years. It’s all about money.

    Lincoln County received a Structure Condition Evaluation Report from MSA Professional Services (Engineering) on December 15, 2016. Their recommendations were as follows:
    Decrease the loading to 40 ton to decrease the accelerated deterioration of bridge deck.
    All other vehicle loading over 40 ton should be evaluated on a case by case basis.
    Consider lowering the posted speed limit at the bridge to reduce impact load.
    Inspect the bridge every 12 months. Each inspection should evaluate load posting and lower as necessary based on observed conditions.
    Based on the evaluation done by MSA the Highway Committee decided to post the bridge, install stop signs to reduce impact loads and evaluated every 12 months and submit for funding to replace bridge. One of the major factors for this approach is materials being supplied to PCA Mill and the economic impact it has on Lincoln County.

    And I thought we were stopping for boat traffic ! ! ! πŸ˜† πŸ˜†

    #32261

    KEN
    Participant

    @mrbrowns wrote:

    Phase 2 will involve addressing a boil that was discovered and addressed two years ago next to the fishing platform below the Spirit Dam. They plan to address it after the rainy season next summer. Not sure yet of what all the details will include, but I suspect it will be much less involved than the massive project that took place above the dam this fall. Let’s just say water in the Spirit is pretty valuable to WVIC considering the money spent repairing the dam.


    Phase 2 will involve addressing a boil that was discovered and addressed two years ago next to the fishing platform below the Spirit Dam.

    Do you think they will have to do a significant draw down to complete this phase? πŸ˜•

    #32262

    mrbrowns
    Member

    Do you think they will have to do a significant draw down to complete this phase?
    From what I understand about the project and Phase 2 is that they will not need to draw the Spirit Reservoir down any further than it currently is. They plan to start work after the rainy season this coming spring, and then hopefully by next winter, the Spirit Reservoir will be returned to full pool, if precip allows, for the first time in many years. Once the Phase 1 portion of the project is signed off on, which should occur before open water, the Spirit will be returned to three feet below full in the spring (precip pending).

    #32263

    KEN
    Participant

    “Returning Spirit Reservoir to full
    If everything goes as planned and the massive upgrades prove water tight, riparian owners along the Spirit Reservoir could be enjoying a flowage at full pool by early as this summer. Wisconsin Valley Improvement (WVIC) announced plans to begin refilling the flowage with the upcoming snowmelt and spring runoff. Plans are to fill the Spirit back to three feet below full in the coming days, where it will be held for a week for monitoring to assure repairs made to the dam last summer and into this winter hold back the water. If no problems or leakage is detected, WVIC would resume filling the flowage by a about a foot a day until it is returned completely to full.”

    This just from The Leader!

    SOUNDS GOOD!

    #32264

    KEN
    Participant

    Does anyone know if work on Phase 2 was started over the Spring, or now that we`re into Summer?

    #32265

    Old Scout
    Participant

    Looks like the work on the dam is complete. They are re landscaping the parking area and have resurfaced the temporary road they put in on the south side. Cleaned up the gravel and put in top soil and seeded it. They have put in top soil and seeded the back face of the dam and are putting gravel down in the parking area and fixing up the grass areas where the equipment was parked. Looks like it is complete and the water is only down a foot or so.

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