THE POPULAR Q'EMILN PARK BOAT LAUNCH COULD EXPERIENCE
SOME ADDED CLOSURES THIS SUMMER AS AVISTA PLANS TO
REBUILD ONE OF ITS DAMS.
KXLY 4'S AARON LUNA IS WORKING FOR YOU TONIGHT TO
TELL US HOW CONSTRUCTION MAY AFFECT PARK USERS.
-08 This is the South Channel Dam at Q'emiln Park
it doesn't generate any power it's just used to control
the water level on the Spokane River.
Avista plans to re-do this dam by the end of 2014.
And that has some businesses worried.
IN 1906 WORKERS WITH WASHINGTON POWER BUILT THE SOUTH
CHANNEL DAM ON THE SPOKANE RIVER AS PART OF THE POST
FALLS HYDRO-ELECTRIC PROJECT.
It's 108 years old it's served us very well but it
needs some work right now,
NOW, AVISTA SAYS THE OLD DAM IS SCHEDULED FOR A REMODEL.
CREWS WILL REPLACE THE MANUAL GATES WITH AUTOMATIC
ONES AND POUR NEW CONCRETE.
We're anticipating at this point that there should
be a minimal impact to park users but it's important
to keep in mind that, that will be an active construction
CONSTRUCTION IS SCHEDULED FOR MID TO LATE JUNE.
ABOUT THE SAME TIME THE Q'EMILN PARK BOAT LAUNCH USUALLY
WHICH MEANS THE LAUNCH COULD BE CLOSED FOR PERIODS
It generates a huge amount of business and traffic
through this store every year for us,
HALF A MILE UP THE ROAD, HANDY MART OWNER KARLA BARNES
SAYS LATE OPENINGS OF THE LAUNCH HAVE HURT BUSINESS
Well, if they close the boat ramp and the beach down
especially, it's going to impact us a lot.
I'd say our business will be cut in half,
CONSTRUCTION CREWS WILL MOBILIZE IN LATE MARCH WITH
A RIBBON CUTTING SCHEDULED FOR DECEMBER.
AVISTA SAYS IT WILL KNOW MORE ABOUT CLOSURES WHEN
A CONTRACTOR IS FINALIZED.
BUSINESS OWNERS ALREADY PLANNING FOR A CONE ZONE.
Of course it's always a little better in the summer
anyway when more people are, you know, riding the
Centennial Trial on their bikes and things like that.
I don't know, we're just going to have to brain storm,
For a link to all the updates on the South Channel
Dam just head to our website, KXLY.com and click on
the links tab.
Reporting in Post Falls, Aaron Luna KXLY 4 News.