Updated 9/14/20 – The Dam is now scheduled to be closed for this project on Sept. 20th.
It’s true. The Pensacola Dam on Highway 28 across Grand Lake will be closed to traffic from September
14 20, 2020, to a target opening date of March 17, 2021.
This project is part of a large-scale resurfacing project for the dam and given the age of the dam and width of the roadway, total closure of the roadway is apparently the best option.
The most practical way to get to the Disney side of the dam from Langley is to take Highway 82 South out of Langley to Highway 20, and then take Highway 20 East towards Jay to the intersection of Highway 28.
At that point, turn back to the North/West on Highway 28 and that will lead you to Disney.
ODOT, GRDA Continue Plans for Pensacola Dam Closure
The Oklahoma Department of Transportation will continue to initiate plans to join the Grand River Dam Authority on a project to make critical repairs to the Oklahoma 28 bridge at the Pensacola Dam at Grand Lake between Langley and Disney in Mayes County.
The Oklahoma Department of Transportation, which is responsible for maintaining the road surface, will spend about $5 million on the project, while the GRDA, which maintains the structure, will contribute more than $9 million.
The bridge is considered functionally obsolete and has a weight limit of 16 tons.
The GRDA has twice applied for federal grants to widen and reconstruct the bridge, but additional federal funds have been denied.
The project has moved forward to make critical repairs to the Pensacola Dam and two spillway bridges to include resurfacing of the existing bridge.
Officials plan to begin construction on September 14, after the Labor Day holiday.
The project is expected to take about nine months to complete and will require the highway to be closed during certain phases of construction.
ODOT will have a marked detour for drivers that need to travel around the bridge.
Again, stay tuned for more details.
By the way… are you interested in the history of the Pensacola Dam? Go HERE for an ongoing series from GRDA highlighting the history of the dam through stories, memories, and photos.