MULBERRY, Tenn. — Motorists, canoeists and kayakers should be aware of construction activities that will require the temporary closure of Old Dam Ford Road off Edde Bend Road east of Mulberry beginning on Friday, Aug. 18.
The closure will allow the Tennessee Valley Authority to complete several upgrades to a river access point on the Elk River that is popular with canoe and kayak enthusiasts.
The improvements include a larger parking area, as well as widening and re-sloping the launching ramp. When complete, the new ramp design will allow improved walk-in launching for canoes and kayaks and add trailer launching for small boats.
Depending on weather, the upgraded facility is expected to re-open on Tuesday, Aug. 22
During the access point closure, alternate stream access sites are available at Farris Creek Bridge, Shiloh Bridge, Dickey Bridge, Stump Shoals and Chennault Ford.
The Tennessee Valley Authority is a corporate agency of the United States that provides electricity for business customers and local power distributors serving 9 million people in parts of seven southeastern states. TVA receives no taxpayer funding, deriving virtually all of its revenues from sales of electricity.
In addition to operating and investing its revenues in its electric system, TVA provides flood control, navigation and land management for the Tennessee River system and assists local power companies and state and local governments with economic development and job creation.