Army Corps updates road closure status at Francis E. Walter Dam

USACE Philadelphia District
Published May 28, 2021
A large reservoir of water is pictured in front of a concrete control tower and dam with scenic vista of a creek/river valley in back drop of image.

Francis E. Walter Dam, owned and operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, operates as a system in conjunction with Beltzville Dam, located in Lehighton PA, to reduce flooding in the downstream communities along the Lehigh River.

The U.S. Army Corps Engineers’ Philadelphia District announced an update for the ongoing repairs of Walter Dam Road. Road repairs and paving work is being conducted in phases.

  • At 12:00 p.m. on May 28, the motorboat launch will be accessible from the Route 940 side of the dam. All motorboats should be launched from this area.
  • The kayak launch remains accessible from the Bear Creek Road side of the dam.
  • The road across the top of the dam remains closed and will be reconstructed (from about June 1 to June 30). During this phase of work, the motorboat launch and kayak launch can be accessed from either side of the dam, but there will be no access across the top of the dam and thus no through traffic between Bear Creek Road and Route 940.
  • From July 1 to July 30: contractors will be conducting road shoulder work, sealing cracks, and cleaning up the site. During this phase, the public will be able to travel across the dam and access all areas, but there will be lane restrictions.

The Francis E. Walter Dam was constructed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1961 and has prevented more than $220 million in flood damages. It also supports recreation in the Lehigh Valley with planned fishing and whitewater rafting water releases.

Steve Rochette

Release no. 21-013