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Fix coming for leaking Lake Tyler Dam

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TYLER (KYTX) -

City Council members approved an $8.23 million contract to fix a slow leak in Lake Tyler's dam once and for all. The leak has been present since the dam was constructed in the 1940s.

Ironically, the approval came on one of the first days in years during which Lake Tyler had overtopped its spillway. So what's the hurry on fixing the dam?

"Today it's not a major issue," Tyler Water Utilities director Greg Morgan said. "But if we leave it alone, if we don't address it, it has the potential to become a structural problem for the dam."

In fact, "boils" have recently developed in the soil under the dam that could eventually turn into massive sinkholes, taking dirt and water out of the lake at a much faster rate.

Morgan said the plan is to dig down under the dam and build a wall that goes sixty feet underground.

The $8.23 million price tag is nearly double what the city was expecting. Morgan said a lot of the increase came from the contractors' own experts evaluating the problem at the dam.

"We also added a number of items, about $643,000 worth of items that are contingency-type items," he said. "They're for unexpected situations that might come up."

That's for things like the road on top of the dam. If it gets damaged during construction there's money to fix it. And if not the city gets a refund.

Most of the funding is coming from other water projects that came in under budget. The rest was already allocated for work on the dam.

Construction should begin in about a month, with no impact on lake users.

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