Roller dam, irrigation system took a while

The government Highline Diversion Dam is 14 feet high and 546 feet long. The three roofed substructures spaced along the top of the dam are tower houses, which contain the machinery that raises and lowers the roller gates to control the flow of water. This roller gate type of dam is the largest in the United States and one of only four such dams in the country.



072310 Roller Dam

The government Highline Diversion Dam is 14 feet high and 546 feet long. The three roofed substructures spaced along the top of the dam are tower houses, which contain the machinery that raises and lowers the roller gates to control the flow of water. This roller gate type of dam is the largest in the United States and one of only four such dams in the country.

Whether driving east or west on Interstate 70, a traveler can’t help but notice the magnificent roller dam spanning the Colorado River about eight miles upriver from Palisade. This…




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