Bureau of Mines - Building Demolition
Demolition of Building 1, the main office building, will likely begin after Christmas. Removal of hazardous materials and miscellaneous debris from Building 1 will continue through the remainder of this week and into the next. Metal materials from the buildings are being trucked to a recycling center.
Concrete portions of the buildings will be crushed and some used as fill at Coldwater. Most of it will be hauled to a transfer site where it will be made available for other construction projects within the region.
Daylighting the creek, parking lot and road removal, and additional earthwork will not occur until next spring after the ground thaws out and favorable weather for such activities returns.
The public is invited to view the on-going changes during Ranger led tours on select Saturdays from 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. The next tour is December 17, followed by tours on January 7 and 21, 2012.
Did You Know?
At Lake Onalaska, near LaCrosse WI, the Mississippi River is about 4 miles wide. The combination of water held behind Lock and Dam #7 and water held by damming the Black River form this broad reach of the Mississippi River.