Laurel Point not accessible by car during geophysical dam inspection
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) – The Tennessee Valley Authority reports automobile access to Laurel Point will be unavailable for about two weeks while TVA performs geophysical testing at Raccoon Mountain’s 8500-foot-long rock-filled dam.
It will begin Tuesday, May 31, 2016 and end June 15, 2016.
TVA officials say this testing is part of a nondestructive investigation to determine material properties of the dam and its foundation.
The public cannot access the road over the dam during the inspection. As a result, Laurel Point is not accessible to the public by vehicle. The rest of the recreation area is open for the public to enjoy.
Visitors are reminded not to pass any barricades or caution tape for their own safety.
Mountain bikers and hikers are asked to stay away from work areas near the dam due to the heavy equipment moving in the area.