© 2022 Michigan State University Board of Trustees
Public Media from Michigan State University
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
Available On Air Stations
WKAR News

Crews Begin Demolishing Nearly Century-Old Dam In Flint

Hamilton Dam in Flint MI
George Thomas
/
Flickr Creative Commons

Crews are demolishing a nearly century-old dam as part of a broader project that's expected to change the landscape of the Flint River in downtown Flint.

The Flint Journal reports demolition of the Hamilton Dam started on Tuesday morning.

The Genesee County Parks Commission says the work on the dam is expected to take several days.

The roughly $3.1 million demolition was initially scheduled for 2017, but it was moved back because the city needed to wait for Consumers Energy to finish dredging and capping a section of the riverbed where manufactured gas was once produced.

The Hamilton Dam was built in 1920.

The demolition is part of the Flint Riverfront Restoration Project, which calls for adding water-based recreational opportunities, park improvements, ecosystem restoration and improved stormwater and flood control.

Related Content
News from WKAR will never be behind a paywall. Ever. We need your help to keep our coverage free for everyone. Please consider supporting the news you rely on with a donation today. You can support our journalism for as little as $5. Every contribution, no matter the size, propels our vital coverage. Thank you.