ST. PAUL, Minn. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has closed the Gull Lake Dam Road in Brainerd, Minnesota, for repairs due to the riverbank failing after heavy rains and decades of erosion.
“The primary issue here is that the road is just not safe,” said Bob Edstrom, a project manager with the Corps’ St. Paul District. “In the interest of preventing serious harm or injury, traffic on the road must be halted while we conduct repairs to reinforce the shoreline and prevent future erosion.”
The City of East Gull Lake first reported the hazard Sept. 30, temporarily closing the access road near the dam until Corps engineers could evaluate the soil. The engineers found that the slope between the road and river failed, putting the integrity of the road – one of the only ways into the Gull Lake dam – in question.
“We understand it’s a huge inconvenience, and are working hard to make the road safe and accessible as soon as we can,” said Bob. “Barring any major setbacks, the work will be completed by Nov. 30.”
Access to the Gull Lake Campground and boat ramp is available from County Road 70.
The nearly 600 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, employees working at more than 40 sites in five upper-Midwest states serve the American public in the areas of environmental enhancement, navigation, flood damage reduction, water and wetlands regulation, recreation sites and disaster response. Through the St. Paul District Fiscal Year 2016 $78 million budget, nearly 1,250 non-Corps jobs were added to the regional economy as well as $120 million to the national economy. For more information, see www.mvp.usace.army.mil.
Release no. 17-074