ROANOKE – Portage for canoeists and kayakers on the Roanoke River around the Niagara hydroelectric project will be temporarily closed on weekdays, according to Appalachian Power.
Construction crews and machinery being used for improvements to the area around the dam and power house could create hazards for the public.
The portage will be closed weekly on Monday through Friday but will reopen on weekends beginning at 5 p.m. on Fridays and close again at 7 a.m. on Mondays. During the long Independence Day holiday weekend, the portage will open on Friday, June 30 at 5 p.m. and close Wednesday, July 5 at 7 a.m.
River enthusiasts are asked to observe the warning signs and avoid the area during weekdays when crews are at the site. Work is expected to be completed by the fall 2017.
The Niagara Project is a 2.4 megawatt hydroelectric dam and powerhouse operated by Appalachian Power. It is located south of downtown Roanoke and just north of Blue Ridge Parkway on the Roanoke River.