The Eugene (Ore.) Water & Electric Board (EWEB) will launch a project to retrofit, refurbish and upgrade equipment at its Carmen-Smith Hydroelectric facility along the upper McKenzie River, beginning Monday (March 27), television station KVAL reported.

The hydroelectric facility is about 70 miles east of Eugene.

During the project, EWEB will close public access to Trail Bridge and Lakes End campgrounds, the Trail Bridge Reservoir.

EWEB says the closures are necessary because it is not possible to maintain safe public access through or around the construction areas.

“It’s unfortunate that we have to close the road during this long-term construction project,” said Mike McCann, EWEB’s generation manager. “But with an active construction zone at the powerhouse, this is the only way to guarantee public safety and the safety of our staff and contractors.”

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