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Corps of Engineers awards contract to repaint the service gate at Surry Mountain Dam in Surry

Published May 2, 2018

CONCORD, Mass. De-leading and repainting of the emergency service gate at the Surry Mountain Dam in Surry, New Hampshire, will be completed under the terms of a $98,788.00 contract recently awarded by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District. Work will be accomplished by Coatings Unlimited, Inc. of Bridgeton, Missouri. The contract was awarded on April 2, 2018. Once construction is authorized to start, the work is anticipated to take approximately one month to complete.


Work consists of: construction of a containment system for the emergency service gate, which is located inside the gate tower and is approximately 12 feet high, 7 feet wide and one foot thick; complete removal of the existing lead-containing paint system to bare metal through abrasive blasting methods from gate and outer surface of pulley mechanism that suspends gate; disposal of lead-containing paint debris and spent blast media; and application of primer, stripe and top coats onto the gate and the outer surface of the pulley. 


The project will be managed by the Corps and all work will be accomplished under the supervision of a Corps’ Quality Assurance Representative to assure compliance with contract requirements.


Surry Mountain Lake on the Ashuelot River in Surry, just north of Keene, was completed in 1941 at a cost of $2.8 million. The 1,800‑foot‑long, 86‑foot‑high dam has a reservoir storage capacity of 10.6 billion gallons of water. During the 1987 flood, this dam utilized 100 percent of its storage capacity and prevented $8 million in damages.  Since construction in 1941, the dam has prevented flood damages estimated at $149.5 million. For up-to-date information visit the website at:


In addition to its flood risk management benefits, Surry Mountain Lake also provides recreational opportunities, such as fishing, swimming and boating to 58,000 visitors annually. Restrooms, drinking water and picnic shelters also are available.


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Tim Dugan

Release no. 18-044