CONCORD, Mass. – An electrical upgrade for the Thomaston Dam in Thomaston, Connecticut, will be completed under the terms of a $247,960.00 contract recently awarded by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District.
Work will be accomplished by Pro-Electric, Inc. of Bethlehem, Connecticut. Once a notice to proceed is issued construction will be authorized to start. Construction is scheduled to take place in the fall of 2018. The contract was awarded on Sept. 28, 2018.
Work on this project involves demolishing independent utility service to operator’s quarters; changing main utility service from open delta to grounded wye; installing new meter socket disconnect and meter; installing new junction box on utility pole; relocating generator set from gatehouse to project office area; installing new concrete slab, subbase fuel tank, and weatherproof enclosure for the generator; and providing trenching and installing handhole for new wire and conduit.
Work inside the operator’s quarters includes: installing new automatic transfer switch; installing two new panelboards; and installing new safety switch. Inside the gatehouse, work includes: installing new panelboard; installing existing 5kVA transformer; installing new enclosed circuit breaker; replacing gate motors with new ones; and replacing motor controllers with new ones.
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.
Thomaston Dam is situated on the Naugatuck River in Thomaston. Completed in 1960 at a cost of $14.3 million, the 2,000-foot-long, 142-foot-high earthen dam can impound a lake covering 960 acres capable of storing 13.7 billion gallons of water. It has prevented more than $828.9 million in flood damages. An estimated 200,000 visitors annually enjoy picnicking, fishing, hunting, dirtbiking and snowmobiling at more than 849 acres of land and water.
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