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Glenmore Dam infrastructure improvements

The City is making some needed infrastructure improvements to the Glenmore Dam that will help manage our supply of drinking water while giving us the ability to better manage high and low water flows.

The first phase of the Glenmore Dam Infrastructure Improvements Program is the Utilities Relocation Project. This project will move the water and gas utility lines currently running across the top of the dam to a new tunnel being excavated underneath the Elbow River. This is needed to allow access to the dam for the phase two upgrades, which include a new bridge deck with better access for maintenance and pathway users, concrete work on the face of the dam, and a new steel gate and hoist system that will maximize the reservoir's storage.

There will be no impact to reservoir users while utilities are being relocated. Once phase two begins, reservoir water levels may need to be lowered to access certain parts of the dam. We do not expect this to be necessary until October 2017.

Construction has begun for phase one and is anticipated to be complete in spring 2017. Phase 2 construction will begin in 2017 and the new steel gates and elevated hoist system is expected to be operational by 2020.


Photo Gallery - Unclassified

  • Original construction - 1932
  • Original construction - 1932
  • Project scope
  • Original Timber Stoplogs at the Spillway section of the Dam
  • Original Timber Stoplogs
  • New & existing elements
  • Proposed Architectural Design
  • Proposed Architectural Design
  • Proposed Architectural Design
  • Proposed Architectural Design
  • Proposed Architectural Design
  • Proposed Architectural Design
  • Existing dam
  • Proposed Architectural Design
  • Exisiting dam (night time view)
  • Proposed Architectural Design - (night time view)
  • The tunneling equipment arriving on-site.
  • The tunneling equipment being lifted from the transport truck.
  • The tunneling equipment being placed in a shaft. Once in place it will tunnel underneath the Elbow River.
  • Glenmore Dam - Current View
  • Glenmore Dam - Current View

Project timelines

Construction is tentatively scheduled from January 2016 to June 2020.

December 2015 Request for Proposal for Utility Replacement construction issued
March 2016 Contract award for Utility Replacement construction
March 2016
to April 2017
Utility Replacement construction (Phase 1)
Spring 2017 Request for Proposal for Main Dam construction issued
Fall 2017 Contract award for Main Dam construction
Fall 2017
to Spring 2020
Main Dam construction (Phase 2)