Corps, MWCD to host groundbreaking for Dover Dam Safety Assurance Project

     The Huntington District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD) will host a groundbreaking ceremony for the first phase of the Dover Dam Safety Assurance Project Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2010, at 10 a.m. The ceremony will be held at the dam site, just off State Route 800 north of Dover.

     U.S. Rep. Zack Space, D-Dover, and Huntington District Commander Robert Peterson will be among the featured speakers for the ceremony, which officially kicks off the first phase of this important project.

     The Dover Dam Safety Assurance Project will include the rehabilitation of the 70-year-old dam, bringing it up to modern safety standards. In September 2010, the Corps awarded the $11.9 million Phase I contract to Brayman Construction Corporation of Saxonburg, Penn. This work includes installation of 36 multi-strand anchors in the spillway section of Dover Dam. The multi-strand anchors range in size from 19-strand to 48-strand anchors and will be installed in holes ranging in size from 9 inches to 17 inches in diameter. The length of the anchors will vary from 103 feet to 153 feet. The anchors will be used to secure sections of the dam to bedrock.

     The overall rehabilitation plan for this project consists of installing anchors in the dam, anchoring the stilling basin, installing training walls, installing a parapet wall on top of the dam, and installing a closure on the left descending abutment, and riverbank protection immediately downstream of the dam.

     The total project cost is estimated at over $60 million, and the MWCD – the non-Federal cost-share sponsor – will provide more than $2 million.

     “This work is vital for the citizens of Tuscarawas County and the entire Muskingum River Watershed,” Peterson said. “The safety of the public is our primary concern, and this work will help to modernize Dover Dam and reduce overall risk.” 

     For more information, please contact the Public Affairs Office at 304-399-5550 or 304-399-5353.

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