The landscape is changing quickly below Red Rock Dam now that powerhouse construction is underway and the hydroelectric project moves closer to an early 2019 completion date. Vern Cochran with Missouri River Energy Services said during a site tour this week that action is taking place above ground and progress can be seen daily. Cochran says the powerhouse is approximately halfway through completion, with work continuing on the intake structures and turbines. When complete, the station will generate enough power for approximately 18,000 homes, which is roughly the number in Marion County.
With summer here there’s plenty of road construction taking place in the Tulip City – yesterday construction began on East 3rd Street from Columbus to Lincoln and Lincoln Street from Hazel to East 3rd. City Administrator Mike Nardini says the project includes complete reconstruction of those sections of road. Work is also ongoing on Elm Street from West 3rd to Broadway Street, which includes underground utility upgrades as well. Both closures are expected to last until this fall.