Dam Replacement Updates


This page will provide a running log of the most current information about the Tempe Town Lake western dam replacement project.  The most recent activity will be listed first. To see the construction work in person, the best viewing is from the Town Lake Pedestrian Bridge adjacent to the Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway. 

July 29
Crews are installing wells into the worksite to create a dry area so they can pour the concrete foundation and shore the north and south bank walls with shotcrete. It is anticipated that in September, they will begin the foundation work. PCL Construction will set up a concrete batch plant so they can make concrete and slurry on site. This will allow them to reuse and recycle concrete, saving time and money while helping the environment.    

cover webCrews remove the existing flap gate on the storm drain outlet. The flap gate will be reused on the new structure.


bulldozer webjpg Crews excavate dirt and rocks and remove gabion baskets to prepare for the new north abutment wall.





drilling web
Crews drill wells on the south slope to prepare a dry worksite. 


Previous Updates

June 4, 7 a.m. 

Construction of the Town Lake Western Dam will begin. Crews will begin to clear ground and dig.  Read more.

May 22: 
Tempe City Council will hear information about the Town Lake dam replacement project at May 22 Issue Review Session, which takes place at 6 p.m. in the Tempe City Council Chambers, 31 E. Fifth St., Tempe.


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