TRWD to host Open House Feb 1 for Eagle Mountain Spillway Project

By January 30, 2022

Innovative measures will extend the life of the 90-year old dam

This spring the Tarrant Regional Water District (TRWD) will build a 265-foot-long wall into the Eagle Mountain Lake Spillway Dam in a proactive effort to upgrade and extend the life of the 1930’s era dam.

The spillway dam is not under any structural strain and by and large “is working great,” said Louie Verreault, TRWD’s dam and levee safety manager.

But the district feels now is the time to do some forward-looking maintenance to protect the dam’s sandstone foundation, he said.

“We are very proactive in these situations and want to stay ahead of any potential issues that could happen down the road,” he added.

Work is expected to begin in February. Traffic along Wells Burnett and Ten Mile Bridge roads is not expected to be greatly impacted during construction.

TRWD’s board approved this construction project at its Dec. 14 meeting at a cost of $2.1 million.

“This method has only been around for about 12 years, so it’s relatively new and innovative,” Verreault said. “This is being done as part of our checkup for these structures. We want the public to know that we are taking care of our spillway dam infrastructure.”

TRWD will host a project open house on February 1 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Azle Public Library, located at 333 W. Main Street, Azle, TX 76020.

Lake Current Level Conservation Level* Level Difference**
Arlington 549.88 550.00 -0.12
Benbrook 693.57 694.00 -0.43
Bridgeport 821.20 836.00 -14.80
Cedar Creek 322.00 322.00 0.00
Eagle Mountain 644.79 649.10 -4.31
Lake Worth 590.99 594.00 -3.01
Richland-Chambers 315.49 315.00 0.49
*Conservation Level: The permitted level of water an entity is allowed to hold in a lake. Any amount above the conservation level is used for the temporary storage of flood waters and must be released downstream.
**Difference: Amount above or below conservation level.
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