For almost 200 years, a dam in the Cuyahoga River has diverted water into the Ohio & Erie Canal near Station Road. First was the Pinery Feeder Dam, built in 1827 as part of canal construction. Next was the Brecksville Diversion Dam, completed in 1952 to provide water to the American Steel and Wire Company.
Work is happening in stages. Demolition began with the Brecksville Diversion Dam notching on May 21, 2020. It ended with the Pinery Feeder Dam removal on June 24. Cleanup was completed in July. Designing and building the screw pump will take about 8 months
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This silent, time-lapse video shows the demolition of the concrete Brecksville Diversion Dam, a critical step in restoring the Cuyahoga River to health. This work took place from mid-May to mid-June 2020.
Get the background on these historic structures in Brecksville.
Cuyahoga River Recovers
This dam removal project is part of a larger effort to restore the river and the Great Lakes.
Dam Removal Photo Gallery
The first stage of dam demolition began on May 21, 2020. Project progress photos here.
Last updated: September 15, 2021