October 22, 2012
Travel Over Hells Canyon Dam Restricted
BOISE, Idaho – The ongoing closure of the road over Hells Canyon Dam is being extended through Oct. 26 while Idaho Power crews perform work required for routine maintenance of the dam’s spillway gates.
The road will be closed from 8 a.m. to noon, and from 1 to 5 p.m. (Mountain Standard Time) each day.
The work requires the presence of a large crane on top of the dam, forcing the closure. Idaho Power expects the road to reopen the evening of Oct. 26 and remain open until Nov. 10, when a previously announced closure for switchyard maintenance will resume.
Located 21 miles downstream of Oxbow Dam, Hells Canyon Dam is the third and northernmost in the Hells Canyon Complex. It began generating electricity in 1967 and has a generating capacity of 391,500 kilowatts.
About Idaho Power Company:
Idaho Power began operations in 1916. Today, the electric utility employs approximately 2,000 people who serve nearly 500,000 customers throughout a 24,000-square-mile area in southern Idaho and eastern Oregon. With 17 low-cost hydroelectric projects as the core of its generation portfolio, Idaho Power’s residential, business and agricultural customers pay among the nation’s lowest rates for electricity. IDACORP, Inc. (NYSE: IDA) is the investor-owned utility’s parent company based in Boise, Idaho. To learn more, visit www.idahopower.com or www.idacorpinc.com.
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