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Construction site at Ipswich Antenna Testing Facility in Ipswich is off limits to public access

Published Jan. 8, 2013
CONCORD, Mass. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District and contractor Watermark Environmental, Inc., are conducting construction activities at the Ipswich Antenna Test Facility site in Ipswich, Mass., and the public is restricted from access to the site. The entire site is an active construction zone now through Oct. 19, 2013 and is therefore off limits to public access for safety reasons.

The project involves the planning, execution, and closure reporting for the deconstruction and restoration of the Ipswich Antenna Test Facility located at 16 Skytop Road, in Ipswich, Mass. It includes the decommissioning, demolition, and proper disposal of all buildings, structures, utilities and oil tanks; identification and removal of hazardous materials; and the restoration of the project site disturbed by demolition work.

The intent of the project is to restore the site to conditions similar to those encountered on the site when the U.S. Air Force first occupied the location in 1943. The site has been leased by the U.S. Air Force since the end of World War II and has served as an antenna test facility since that time.

The $2 million contract for the work was awarded to Watermark Environmental, Inc. of Lowell, Mass. on Sept. 7, 2012. 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.

The entire site is a construction zone and is off limits to the general population while the Corps is conducting its work. The contractor will be putting up notification signs and barricades to prevent people from entering the site. The public is asked to stay out of the construction site for its own safety.

For any questions about this activity contact the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Devens Resident Office at 978-318-8104. For more information about the Corps’ New England District projects and activities visit the website at:
Tim Dugan

Release no. 2013-001