Alma Stack Demo To Briefly Close Hwy 35
Highway closure expected to last less than 45 minutes
As part of its project to safely complete final decommissioning and dismantlement of Dairyland’s Alma Station, Hwy. 35 is expected to be briefly closed to motorists at some point between Monday, Oct. 1, and Wednesday, Oct. 3. The exact date and time will be dependent on weather and scheduling factors.
Dairyland will be updating its Facebook page and Information Line (608-787-1200) with specific timing; currently, the highway closure is estimated to occur for less than 45 minutes.
The highway will be closed in proximity to Dairyland’s Alma Generating Site. Officials from the Buffalo County Sheriff’s Department will oversee the closure. Dairyland is contracting with CDI and American DND, Inc., on the stack demolition and removal.
Dairyland apologizes for any inconvenience this poses to motorists. Closure of the highway during the stack demolition is necessary to ensure public safety. The Mississippi River will also be closed to all traffic with a safety zone between mile markers 751.2 and 751.8, adjacent to the river bank. As an additional safety measure, the sheriff’s department will be closing the boat landing, beginning Friday, Sept. 28, until the demolition event is complete.
The retired Alma Station came online in 1947 and helped power the region for decades. The first three units of the power plant ceased operations in 2011. Dairyland retired the final two units in 2014.
Dismantlement and decommissioning of the Alma Station has since proceeded safely and in full compliance with regulatory requirements. The main building was brought down in 2017. The 700 ft. stack is the last structure to be removed.
Dairyland’s 387 MW John P. Madgett power plant is also located on the Alma Site. It remains in full operation as a safe, sustainable and reliable source of electricity for homes and businesses.