Raleigh, NC- Rep. David Lewis (R-Harnett) and Rep. John Szoka (R-Cumberland) met with North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission’s Division of Engineering and Land Management and the Department of Environmental Quality on December 3rd to receive an update on Rhodes Pond construction. Engineers informed the legislators that construction can begin as of December 2, 2015 as the design data for the repair is in compliance with all laws and regulations.
Rhodes Pond is the popular destination site of a once beautiful pond in Cumberland County. In 2013, water overtopped the dam and flooded US 301, also eroding the dam’s spillway. Restoring the pond through the construction project has been a priority of Reps. Lewis and Szoka over the last several years.
Construction on Rhodes Pond is slated to take at least ten months to complete with consistent favorable weather conditions. Engineers assured the legislators that construction on the Pond’s new dam will comply with all regulations that the Department places on high hazard dams. High hazard classification is given to dams that are in proximity to major roadways. In the case of Rhodes Pond, I-95 and US-301 are in proximity. Road way interfere is determined by the average number of cars that drive on it on a daily basis.
Rep. Szoka said, “I am thrilled to see the green light from state regulators for construction to begin at Rhodes Pond.” “This has been a long time coming and I look forward to visiting the site repeatedly over the next year,” said Rep. Szoka.
The legislators will continue to meet with the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality and the Wildlife Resources Commission to stay up to date on project benchmarks.
Rep. Lewis is also thrilled to see things moving:
“I know that construction on Rhodes Pond has seen its fair share of bumps and bruises, but I am excited to see the area restored to the beautiful gem it is for North Carolina. Rhodes pond will once again be a destination for North Carolinians looking to enjoy natural beauty through fishing, water sports, and just plain relaxation.”
Rep. David R. Lewis is Chair of the Committee on Rules, Calendar and Operations of the House, and represents a portion of Harnett County (District 53-Harnett) that is just several miles away from Rhodes Pond. Rep. John Szoka is Chair of the Finance Committee, and his district (District 45-Cumberland) covers Rhodes Pond.