Wausau hydro spillway rehabilitation project

Construction project planned for mid-May through October.

In 2018, WPS completed a project assessment and engineering detail to replace three original Tainter gates on the Wausau hydroelectric plant. The gate replacement is needed to reduce leakage, improve plant efficiency and reduce operation and maintenance costs.

Construction includes:

  • Replacing three original spillway gates.
  • Repairing concrete piers and abutments.
  • Installing a new gate heater for winter operation.
  • Upgrading the spillway electrical system.

WPS will work with the Wausau police and fire departments, and Marathon County Emergency Management to manage the area for contractor and public safety.

Some recreational areas will be impacted during the project construction. This includes fishing on the immediate east and west sides of the hydroelectric facilities. The canoe and kayak portage route also has been temporarily moved to avoid the construction area.

For more information please contact Community Relations Leader Kelly Zagrzebski at 715-848-7342.

Learn more about the Wausau hydroelectric power plant.