Construction on the new Lee Hall Reservoir Dam is underway. The Lee Hall Reservoir plays a central role in the Peninsula’s drinking water supply and recreation for Newport News Park. Last May, City Council appropriated $16.7 million to replace the 100-year-old Lee Hall Reservoir Dam with a new dam that meets all safety regulations implemented in recent years.
Project construction began last August and Phase 1 of construction activities are wrapping up this summer. The upgrades include a total demolition and replacement of the Lee Hall Lower Dam, the construction of a new armored auxiliary spillway, and a new Lee Hall Outlet Works structure. Many ancillary construction efforts are required to successfully build the proposed facilities including: utility relocations, culvert and curb modifications at Fort Eustis Boulevard, and a continuous dewatering operation to provide the appropriate conditions for construction of new facilities.
The City’s investment in this critical infrastructure should provide many decades of protection to the Peninsula’s water supply and flood protection for downstream properties. Construction for the whole project should conclude in late 2017.