The Utah Division of Facilities and Construction has allocated $500,000 for repair of Utah State University's 75-year-old First Dam on the Logan River.

State engineers have called since 1987 for repair of the concrete dam, which has deterioration to the spillway wall, overgrowth of vegetation below the dam and possible new cracks under the spillway that are dripping water.But until this year, the Legislature made no appropriation for the work, and only temporary repairs were made.

The Legislature this year approved the school's request for $250,000 to upgrade the dam, but because of the critical nature of the needed repairs, the amount of funding was increased, said Evan Stevenson, vice president of administrative affairs at USU.

Stevenson said an engineer's proposal containing specifics for repair probably will be completed by the end of May and the work will begin as soon as possible.