Ceremony praises completion of new dam in Winston-Salem


A two-year project to replace a dam at Salem Lake is complete. On Monday, Oct. 15, 2012, the city held a dedication ceremony. (Credit: Journal photo by David Rolfe)

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Anglers and boaters will have to wait a few more before Salem Lake is completely refilled and reopened to the public.

City and county officials gathered at the dam to celebrate its completion on Monday, saying that the project will allow residents to enjoy the lake for many decades. About 30 people attended the ceremony.

Mayor Allen Joines said local companies were active participants in the 2 ½ year project, doing 60 percent of the work at the lake, which provides 20 percent of the city’s drinking water, he said.

“(Salem Lake) is an impressive part of our city’s recreational amenities,” Joines told the audience, according to The Winston-Salem Journal.

The dam contains 11,000 cubic yards of concrete and 92 tons of steel, according to a city document. Water has flowed into the lake since the dam was completed.

Read more: The Winston-Salem Journal.

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