Foster Dam Road to be closed for most of December


November 29, 2017

A TANKER, on Foster Dam, loads up on wild fish headed for their birthplaces in the upper reaches of the South Santiam River system, which have been elevated from the base of the dam after returning there from the ocean.

Foster Dam Road will be closed for most of the month of December while the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers removes an unused crane to make room for a new weir structure that will help juvenile fish move downstream over the dam.

The Corps plans to close the road Monday, Dec. 4, through Dec. 29. During that time, the road will be closed to all vehicle and pedestrian traffic.

For a time, the Corps used the crane and elevator system, which was innovative for its time, for adult fish collection and passage over Foster Dam; however, the equipment wasn't fully successful in moving fish above the dam...

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