SAVANNAH, Tenn. (WTVA) -- Residents and visitors to Pickwick Dam can expect to see large pieces of equipment nearby as the Tennessee Valley Authority conducts a geotechnical evaluation.
The study of the earth-and-rock structure is part of a “health check” of all 49 dams in the TVA system.
TVA’s dams are safe. The health check is part of a continuous improvement campaign to make sure TVA’s dams meet today’s stringent industry safety standards.
During the health check, the integrity of the dam and surrounding area will be tested. To perform the health checks, TVA is drilling holes into the concrete, rock and soil at and near the dams
The drilling process does not harm the dam or the environment and will help TVA engineers affirm the structural integrity of the dams.
As the work progresses, visitors will notice a large barge as well as a crane near the dam. Temporary lane closures on the road above the dam may also be needed. The work should be complete in September.
All scheduled work is subject to change depending on weather, geotechnical conditions encountered and other factors.
The Tennessee Valley Authority is a corporate agency of the United States that provides electricity for business customers and local power distributors serving nine million people in parts of seven southeastern states.
TVA receives no taxpayer funding, deriving virtually all of its revenues from sales of electricity.
In addition to operating and investing its revenues in its electric system, TVA provides flood control, navigation and land management for the Tennessee River system and assists local power companies and state and local governments with economic development and job creation.