CONCORD, Mass. – Gate 1 replacement at the Ball Mountain Lake dam in Jamaica, Vermont, will be completed under the terms of a $455,675.00 contract recently awarded by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District.
Work will be accomplished by Chas G. Allen, Inc. of Barre, Massachusetts. The contract was awarded on Aug. 29, 2018. Once a notice to proceed is issued by the Corps of Engineers, construction will be authorized to start.
The work consists of design and fabrication of one stainless steel hydraulic vertical lift gate (10 feet, 6 inches tall, and 6-feet, 8 inches wide); and installation of new hydraulic vertical lift gate at Ball Mountain Dam. This project will only consist of installation and reassembly of operating machinery.
The project will be managed by the Corps of Engineers and all work will be accomplished under the supervision of a Corps’ Quality Assurance Representative to assure compliance with contract requirements.
Ball Mountain Lake dam on the West River in Jamaica was constructed at a cost of $11 million in 1961. The 915‑foot‑long, 265‑foot‑high dam can impound a 54,600‑acre‑foot reservoir, which is equivalent to 17.8 billion gallons of water. During the 1987 floods, Ball Mountain Dam utilized 100 percent of its storage capacity and prevented damages of $18.3 million. Since it was placed in operation in 1961, it has prevented damages of $162.2 million. The reservoir area offers many recreational opportunities, including swimming, picnicking, fishing, hunting, canoeing, nature study and camping at Winhall Brook Camping Area in South Londonderry.
Ball Mountain welcomes more than 130,000 visitors each year. For more information on recreation at Ball Mountain Lake call (802) 874-4881 or visit the website at www.nae.usace.army.mil/missions/recreation/ballmountainlake.aspx.
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