TVA: Boone boat ramp closed temporarily for improvements

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(WJHL) – TVA officials announced Wednesday that the Boone boat ramp at Boone Beach off of Minga Road would be temporarily closing in order to make improvements aimed at making the ramp “safer and more convenient.”

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“We’ve received some reports from boaters that they accidentally ran their boat trailers off the end of the ramp when attempting to launch or retrieve their craft in the lake,” Jim Hopson, public relations manager for TVA, said. “When the wheels dropped off the concrete ramp, it can take quite a bit of effort to bring the boat trailers back up onto the ramp.”

“We are making some modifications to lengthen the ramp, which should help prevent this occurrence. It will require pouring some additional concrete, which is one of the reasons the work will take a few days,” Hopson said.

According to a news release, crews will be pushing the boat ramp slab back an additional 15 feet in to the water and will then pour the concrete.

TVA officials said they expect the ramp to be reopened by Saturday, Nov. 12, weather permitting.

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According to the release, other Boone Beach areas will remain open.

Community members are asked to avoid crossing construction barriers put up for their safety.

The Pickens Bridge and Sugar Hollow boat ramps also remain remain open.

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