Mirror Lake Drive reopens to traffic
(Fayetteville, N.C.) – Mirror Lake Drive is now fully open to traffic. Work to fix the portion of the road that was washed away by Hurricane Matthew on October 8, 2016 was completed today.
“We are excited for this road to finally be open, allowing for ease of travel across the neighborhood, and know residents will be very excited as well,” said Mayor Mitch Colvin. “With hurricane season soon upon us in June, the timing could not have been better! This new road and dam is much improved over what existed here previously and will be able to withstand most anything Mother Nature throws our way.”
District 5 Council Member Johnny Dawkins said, “Thank you to all the families who have waited so patiently for this dam to be repaired and for the road to be opened. So many thousands of our residents have been affected. Yet, our citizens are resilient and they are now ready to move forward and enjoy this new dam and roadway!”
An inspection is needed before the repaired portion of the dam can be operational. Mirror Lake Dam is regulated by the North Carolina Dam Safety program. According to the project manager, Mirror Lake must remain in a drained condition until Dam Safety inspection and approval; however, the agency is not currently conducting on-site inspections due to COVID-19 concerns. After approval, the low-level drain will be closed and the lake will naturally fill over time.
The total cost of the Mirror Lake Drive project is approximately $5.5 million. Costs are approximate until final payments are processed with consultants and contractors. Construction began in February of 2019. This dam is one of 10 public dams and 45 private dams across the City of Fayetteville. The repairs to Mirror Lake Dam were paid by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and NC Department of Public Safety because the dam and road were city-owned prior to Hurricane Matthew.