MWCD, USACE prepare to move forward on Dover Dam Safety Assurance Project

October 26, 2010

About 80 public officials and interested residents were in attendance as the Dover Dam Safety Assurance Project got under way at the dam on Tuesday, Oct. 26.

During an official groundbreaking ceremony hosted by Tuscarawas County Commissioner Kerry Metzger, attendees heard remarks from Ohio Rep. Zack Space, D-Dover; State Rep. Joshua O'Farrell, D-New Philadelphia; Sean D. Logan, director of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources; Col. Robert Peterson, commander of the Huntington District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE); and Boris Slogar, chief engineer of the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD).

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 USACE awarded the $11.9 million Phase I contract to Brayman Construction Corp. of Saxonburg, PA. The work includes the installation of 36 multi-strand anchors in the spillway section of Dover Dam.

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 abbutment, and riverbank protection immediately downstream of the dam.

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

Slogar told the audience about the strong partnership between the MWCD and the USACE that led to the original construction of Dover Dam and 13 other dams in the Muskingum River Watershed.

"The original construction of this dam in the 1930s was greatly anticipate and became a local tourist attraction for the community," Slogar said. "Popcorn was sold for a penny a bag to people sitting on the hillside watching the hundreds of workers put into place this massive concrete structure.

"Today modern technology and the talents of the staffs of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Brayman Construction Corp. will ensure that Dover Dam will fuction safely and effectively for future generations.

"It's something that those people on the hillside back then munching on popcorn would be amazed by and pleased with. Their legacy continues to the benefit of us all in the Muskingum River Watershed."

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