JOHN DAY, Ore. --
Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) will replace transmission lines (area outlined in yellow in attached image) from John Day Lock and Dam to the substation located on top of the hill south of Interstate 84, which will close a portion of Giles French Park beginning Jun. 8th.
This portion of powerline replacement is the last in a series of updates that have taken place over seven years. BPA contractors will mobilize to the site on Jun. 8th to start placing temporary fencing to restrict access to the work site. BPA anticipates that replacing transmission lines will last from Jul. 13 through Nov. 21.
Due to the severe safety hazard in the work area underneath the transmission lines (area outlined in white dots in attached image), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is restricting public access to the far east end of Giles French Park through Dec. 15. The remainder of the park and shoreline are open for use. The extended timeframe will allow BPA contractors to setup and tear down the temporary fencing and to restore the area.
To learn more about U.S. Army Corps of Engineer recreation opportunities, visit: https://www.nwp.usace.army.mil/Missions/Recreation/Site-Status/.
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Portland District’s 150th Birthday: Portland District is one of the nation’s most comprehensive and diverse civil works programs and has been supporting the people of Oregon and southwest Washington since 1871. Throughout its 150-year history, the District has been operating locks and dams along the Columbia River, managing flood risks in the Willamette Valley and Rogue River Basin, maintaining Oregon's coastal waterways for navigation, and leading the Nation in hydropower generation. The team of more than 1,400 civil servants manage these missions all while ensuring equal attention is paid to environmental protection and restoration, fish and wildlife enhancement, and world-class recreation opportunities.
Release no. 21-026