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3 of 4 lake dam segments to go in Thursday

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Posted: Monday, August 16, 2010 4:48 pm | Updated: 12:42 pm, Wed Aug 18, 2010.

Three new rubber dam sections will be lowered into place by a crane on Thursday as Tempe works to restore the empty Town Lake.

Crews will drop the spooled sections onto the concrete apron of the dam during the day, though it will take two weeks per section to install them. The 240-foot-long segments will later be unrolled and secured in place with about 600 bolts and 150 anchor plates per section.

The fourth and final bladder is being manufactured in Japan and is scheduled to arrive in October.

Tempe expects to refill the lake by Nov. 1 after a July 20 rupture of one dam section caused the lake to drain in a matter of hours. The city had planned to begin replacing the 11-year-old sections on July 21, using a temporary dam so the 220-acre lake could remain intact.

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