Rockford, Illinois News

Rehab set for Alpine Dam

ROCKFORD — Crews are prepping the Alpine Dam for a long-awaited overhaul.

At Aldeen Park, the Alpine Dam is an earthen dam that regulates the flow of Keith Creek through the City of Rockford and has provided downstream flood protection for more than 70 years.

“Due to its age and condition, we’re currently in the process of rehabilitating the dam,” the City of Rockford said in a release. “As part of the rehabilitation, we’re repairing a large portion of the concrete spillway and surrounding structural concrete. In order to thoroughly inspect and repair the concrete, we had to remove the thick layer of paint from the surface.”

Nearly three years ago, the project was slated to begin in summer of 2020. City Council awarded the contract earlier this spring.

Work on the dam is going affect graffiti and painting done on the structure over the years, including a Black Lives Matter mural completed this spring. Officials say they are working with artist in hopes to create further opportunities to celebrate his work.

“We’re also working with Rockford Park District to identify a new location within Aldeen Park for the establishment of a mural wall for the community,” the city’s release said.

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