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The City of Tempe is replacing the inflatable rubber dam system at the west end of Tempe Town Lake with a new, hydraulically-operated steel gate dam.

The new dam is on schedule to be operational by Dec. 28, 2015 with work on the dam and associated projects beginning in April 2014.

The new dam will be a reliable and cost-effective solution that is expected to last for decades. This page provides details about the project so that community members can follow its progress.

FACT SHEET - Facts about the Town Lake Western Dam Replacement Project

FAQs - A list of frequently asked questions and the answers to them


People interested in the project may attend an open house at Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe, from 6-7:30 p.m. on April 23. City of Tempe staff, PCL Construction, Gannett Fleming and others associated with the project will be on hand to answer questions. Tempe Center for the Arts is located directly south of the Town Lake Western Dam.   

Visit for directions and information about Tempe Center for the Arts.   


night view

ABOVE: The Town Lake Pedestrian Bridge will be 100 feet from the new steel gate dam.

hydraulics close
ABOVE: The white cylinders shown are part of the hydraulic system that will lift the steel gates

Previous Tempe City Council Decisions
Nov. 7, 2013 – Council considers award of contract to hire PCL Construction to replace western dam
Council Meeting Agenda Item: 5B12
Contracts Document

Sept. 19, 2013 – Council awarded contract to manufacture steel gates
PDF - Dam Replacement
Council Meeting Agenda Item: 5B19
Contract T14-004-01

Inflatible Bladders Report

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Last updated: 4/4/2014 11:36:53 AM