Lindsey Bridge Dan River Access to close Sept. 14

Slowdowns expected on Lindsey Bridge Road

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Popular Lindsey Bridge access to the Dan River will be closed for several months as engineers construct stream restoration structures and dam improvements.

MADISON — The Dan River access point on Lindsey Bridge Road will close Monday, Sept. 14, as phase 1 of construction begins on the Madison Fish Habitat Restoration Project at the Lindsey Bridge Dam.

Some slowdowns may be expected on Lindsey Bridge Road due to construction equipment.

Alternative water access to the Dan River will be available at the town’s other access site on N.C. 704, near the end of Water Street.

The popular Lindsey Bridge access point, which is located near Pine Hall Brick, will remain closed for several months — as engineers construct stream restoration structures and dam improvements.

Engineers will construct stream restoration structures and dam improvements at the Lindsey Bridge access point, as shown in this rendering. The restoration project will not only improve water intake and quality for the town, but will also create passage for the federally-endangered Roanoke Logperch and James River spinymussel. 

The restoration project will not only improve water intake and quality for the town, but will also create passage for the federally-endangered Roanoke Logperch and James River spinymussel.

The new restoration project will provide new recreational opportunities to the area once completed.

While opening river flow for fish, the dam will also be navigable by paddlers for the first time in decades.

The completed project comes with a cheaper price tag than re-building a traditional dam and will also help provide long-term bank stabilization at the access site.

“What we are looking at is basically building a staircase from the dam down to the riverbed,” said Engineer Kris Bass, whose firm designed the concept of the design.

The staircase will be formed by giant boulders that feature step pools, where water can “step down” in between the boulders.

“What those pools do is allow fish to hop up through the steps and swim into the pool and rest, until they can build up enough energy to go into another step,” said Bass.

The Madison Dam Restoration Project is a collaborative effort between the Town of Madison, NC Wildlife Resources Commission, Dan River Basin Association, US. Fish & Wildlife, Kris Bass Engineering, LKC Engineering, The Conservation Fund, and Rockingham County Education Foundation.

For more information about the latest in construction and detour information, visit the Town of Madison on Facebook or at their website, www.townofmadison.org.

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