USACE gives contractor go-ahead to begin work at Dover Dam

February 2, 2011

HUNTINGTON, W.Va.... The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued a Notice to Proceed Jan. 13, 2011, which means Brayman Construction can begin work on the first phase of the Dover Dam safety assurance project, near Dover, Ohio.


The Corps awarded the $11.9 million Phase I contract to Brayman Construction Corporation of Saxonburg, Pa., last September. Brayman will begin moving equipment on site and expects actual construction to start in April.


This work includes installation of 36 multi-strand anchors in the spillway section of Dover Dam that will secure the dam to bedrock. These 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.


District Commander Col. Robert Peterson is pleased to be moving this project forward. "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."


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 Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD) - the non-Federal cost-share sponsor - will provide more than $2 million.


Dover Dam is located on the Tuscarawas River just north of the city of Dover on Rt. 800. Since the original construction in the 1930s, Dover Dam and the other dams in the Muskingum River Watershed have prevented more than $8 billion worth of potential property damage from flooding.


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





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