A nearly three-year-long project to build a hydroelectric dam on the St. Joseph River in downtown South Bend appears to be in its final stages. The South Bend Tribune reports city officials hope to wrap-up the project at Seitz Park, which began in August 2019, by the end of June.
The $27 million hydroelectric dam is being built in partnership with the University of Notre Dame as part of its green energy efforts.
The publication says once the power plant is activated, it’s expected to produce about 2.5 megawatts of electricity. The power will be delivered to the campus via underground transmission lines.
Once construction on the underground dam to finished, crews can then begin reconstruction of the park. The city says completely rebuilding the park could take until the summer of 2023.
The publication says the original completion data was late 2020 but obtaining proper federal and state permits took longer than expected.
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