Goulburn-Murray Water is upgrading Lake Buffalo’s spillway gates to ensure the long-term reliability of the water supply to its customers.
The works will take place between April and June, and will bring the spillway gates into line with current Australian dam design and constructions standards.
The upgrade began last year and involves replacing all three existing flood gate lifting hoists and refurbishing the spillway gates.
The $3million project also will strengthen the structure.
Last year, work was completed on gate one of the spillway. This year, G-MW expects to refurbish gates two and three and complete the project.
The works will require road closures.
‘‘During construction, we are committed to minimising inconvenience to residents and visitors,’’ G-MW regional customer service manager east Martina Cusack said.
‘‘However, poor weather or other unforeseen events may result in some late changes to these intended construction dates.’’
Ms Cusack said road users would be alerted to any late changes to road closures or partial closures via electronic traffic signage on Buffalo River Rd, the media, G-MW’s website and Facebook page and other means, depending on circumstances.
‘‘We expect some increase in traffic, particularly heavy vehicles, on roads near the lake during the upgrade,’’ she said.
‘‘So we are advising drivers to take extra care when using these roads.’’
To ensure the safety of road users and workers during the upgrade, G-MW intends to partially close and fully close the section of Buffalo River Rd traversing the dam wall on the following dates:
■Partial road closure from Monday, April 10 to Sunday, May 28 inclusive. From April 18 to May 27, the road will be partially closed 24-hours-a-day to allow equipment to be stored on the Lake Buffalo embankment.
■Full road closure from 8am to 4.30pm on Monday, May 29 to Thursday, June 1 inclusive. An alternative route via Bread and Butter Gap Rd is available.
■Partial road closure from 7.30am to 4.30pm on Friday, June 2 to Wednesday, June 14 inclusive.
■For more information, visit: www.gmwater.com.au/lakebuffalo