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Corps of Engineers awards contract for electrical upgrades at Colebrook River Lake dam in Colebrook

Published Sept. 18, 2018

CONCORD, Mass. A project to provide electrical upgrades to the Colebrook River Lake dam in Colebrook, Conn., will be completed under the terms of a $95,623.00 contract recently awarded by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District.


Work will be accomplished by Swan Contracting of Millis, Mass. The contract was awarded on Sept. 11, 2018. Once a notice to proceed is issued construction will be authorized to start. Construction is anticipated to take one month to complete.


The work involves: replacing the existing pad-mounted transformer at the entrance to the service bridge with a new pad-mounted transformer in the same location, using the same concrete pad; replacing the feeder from the transformer to the dam tower (this will involve pulling wire through the ground for about 20 feet from the transformer to the end of the service bridge where it starts at the dam crest road, and then pulling wire through the suspended metal conduit that is currently emplaced underneath the service bridge); replacing the electrical breaker inside the tower; installing a manual transfer switch inside the tower; and installing a generator start button inside the tower.


Colebrook River Lake dam on the West Branch of the Farmington River in Colebrook was completed in 1969 at a cost of $14.3 million. At capacity, the 1,300-foot-long, 223-foot-high dam can impound a lake of 1,185 acres containing 16.5 billion gallons of water. To date, the project has prevented damages of $92.7 million. Recreational opportunities abound at Colebrook River Lake and include boating (with a launching ramp), fishing, ice fishing and hunting. Nearly 158,000 visitors enjoy the recreational pursuits at Colebrook River Lake each year.


For more information on Colebrook River Lake visit the website at: www.nae.usace.army.mil/Missions/Recreation/ColebrookRiverLake.aspx.


For contract information visit: www.nae.usace.army.mil/BusinessWithUs/Contracting.aspx. For general information visit: www.nae.usace.army.mil/. For Small Business information visit: www.nae.usace.army.mil/BusinessWithUs/SmallBusiness.aspx.

Tim Dugan

Release no. 18-079