Crest roadway closed for Hume Dam upgrades

Crest roadway closed for Hume Dam upgrades

13 August 2019

WaterNSW, the state’s bulk water supplier and river operator, will begin scheduled maintenance at Hume Dam on 26 August, preventing public access to the crest roadway until completion of the project.

This project is essential and part of the 20-year maintenance program at Hume Dam. It will include mechanical, electrical and restoration activities and will continue until 2021.

For safety reasons, the crest roadway will be closed throughout the project, with no public access. Gates will be locked either side of the spillway and signs will be in place.

The public road between Hume Dam Village and the dam may also be closed at times so large equipment can be moved to and from the dam wall.

Fishing and boating will not be allowed within the restricted zone upstream of the dam wall at any time during the work as diving activities will be undertaken.

Signage will be erected at key sites and the public will remain notified of any closures. WaterNSW is committed to informing the community and key stakeholders and will endeavour to minimise any disruptions. Work is scheduled to take place on Monday to Friday from 7am to 6pm and Saturday from 7am to 5pm.

“We understand there could be some inconvenience during this work and are seeking cooperation from the community as the upgrades are completed. We will work with residents and local businesses throughout the process,” a spokesperson for WaterNSW said.

“This work forms part of a scheduled 20-year maintenance and closure will include no through access to pedestrians and cyclists across the spill way.

“When Hume Dam was constructed in the 1930s, it was the biggest in the southern hemisphere and plays a major role in NSW’s dam network.

“The dam supplies stock and household water for towns, landholders and irrigators across three states along the Murray River and is used for hydro-electricity generation.”

Visitors and those seeking information on the Hume Dam upgrades or dam access can call the WaterNSW Helpdesk on 1300 662 077.

Media contact: Tony Webber 0428 613 478.

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