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December 2021

Lake Ralph Hall 2021: A Year of Progress

This year has been one of incredible progress on Lake Ralph Hall. Since Upper Trinity’s groundbreaking ceremony last June, significant activities have occurred on both the State Highway 34 bridge and clearing for the Leon Hurse Dam. Upper Trinity’s contractor, Flatiron Constructors, Inc., has placed approximately 100 beams (of the 371) needed for the new bridge to span the lake. Granite Construction Company has completed site clearing of about 500 acres to begin building the dam. Additionally, the Upper Trinity Board last month approved $12.5 million in contracts for design of a 32-mile conveyance system needed to move water from the lake into Upper Trinity’s existing system, along with associated support, administrative and maintenance facilities.
None of this would have been possible without our partners — the City of Ladonia, Fannin County and Upper Trinity Members and Customers. We are grateful for their support and look forward to continuing this coordinated effort to properly plan, construct and place the Lake Ralph Hall project into operation.
Likewise, the next few years will be exciting ones for us at Upper Trinity and Fannin County. Next year, the pace of construction for the Leon Hurse Dam and Hwy 34 bridge projects will increase, leading to a dramatically new look. Design of certain lake facilities, including the raw water pump station and pipeline, will wrap up, with construction starting shortly thereafter. In late 2022, certain environmental improvements are scheduled to begin as part of the overall mitigation plan for the reservoir. Also, District staff intend to work closely with the city and county as they strive to finalize the comprehensive land use plan and zoning regulations for the area around the new lake. 
Once Lake Ralph Hall is finished in late 2025 and becomes operational in early 2026, it will provide a much needed, new water supply for the District’s rapidly growing service area. The lake will also offer a variety of activities—for visitors and residents alike. Hunting, fishing, bird watching, boating and similar activities will bring visitors and provide lasting economic benefits for Ladonia and Fannin County, as well as other nearby cities and counties. It will also help to improve the North Sulphur River and continue providing fossil hunting opportunities in the area.
We look forward to these exciting developments as we honor the legacies of Congressman Ralph Hall, Mayor Leon Hurse and Thomas E. Taylor. During this season of gratitude and joy, we remember that it is thanks to the foresight of many before us that this lake is becoming reality.
Wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year,
Larry N. Patterson
Executive Director
Upper Trinity Regional Water District

Digging the 60-ft-deep slurry trench

Making Lake Ralph Hall Water-Tight

Ever wondered why water doesn’t just seep underneath a dam? A slurry trench—only 3 ft. wide but nearly 60 ft. deep in some areas—explains why. Crews began work on it just this month. As the trench is dug, it is filled with highly water-resistant materials including bentonite, sand and gravel to form a kind of underground wall. This wall will be around 23 times less permeable than the regular soil and foundation materials, keeping water from seeping out of the future lake.

Lake Ralph Hall in the News

"New Texas Reservoir is decades in the making "
Civil Engineering News – December 20, 2021

"Construction continues on massive Lake Ralph Hall project that aims to provide water to North Texans
Dallas Morning News – November 26, 2021 

"The making of a lake: progress going as planned for Lake Ralph Hall"
CBS News Dallas-Ft Worth –  November 23, 2021 

"Lake Ralph Hall progress: Construction continues; land use plans underway"
 Paris News – November 16, 2021 

"Progress being made on future reservoir "
The Cross-Timbers Gazette – November 11, 2021  

"Lake Ralph Hall construction continues"
North Texas eNews – November 10, 2021 

Upper Trinity Regional
Water District

900 North Kealy Avenue
Lewisville, Texas 75067
(972) 219-1228
Lake Ralph Hall Office
10910 State Highway 34
Ladonia, Texas 75449
(903) 367-7008
Hours: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., M–F,
or by appointment
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