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Saturday, July 13, 2013
In an effort to provide greater access to Smith Mountain Lake, Appalachian Power Co. is planning to build a $1 million boat ramp near the Hales Ford Bridge.
Appalachian seeks permits from Franklin County to construct the double boat ramp on roughly 10 acres at the end of Oak Grove Drive by spring 2014. Construction is set to start in the fall. The project includes the ramp, 62 parking spots, a walkway and pier.
The power company operates the Smith Mountain Project, a pumped-storage hydroelectric dam using Smith Mountain and Leesville lakes for electricity. In 2010, the company’s license to operate the project was renewed for another 30 years through the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
The federal license requires the new ramp to give greater public access to the lake, according to the company’s Smith Mountain Project website.
The proximity to the Hales Ford Bridge, a well-traveled dividing line between Bedford and Franklin counties, should be a draw for many boaters, Appalachian spokesman Todd Burns said.
“That’s a high traffic area that’s easy for many people to access,” he said.
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