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Corps of Engineers awards contract for paving repair, utility replacement at Edward MacDowell Lake dam in Peterborough

Published April 18, 2016

CONCORD, Mass. Paving repair and utility replacement to the Edward MacDowell Lake dam in Peterborough, New Hampshire, will be completed under the terms of a $290,635.00 contract recently awarded by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District. Work will be accomplished by D&M Civil, Inc. of Middleton, Mass. The contract was awarded on April 8, 2016. Once a notice to proceed is issued and work is scheduled to begin, the project will take approximately four months to complete.


Work consists of upgrades to the crest road pavement and drainage, the existing electric service and communication lines, and the water service line to the restroom. It includes removing and disposing of existing pavement, preparing the subgrade, and constructing new pavement along the crest road and the roundabout. The new pavement will be graded to slope toward a new stone trench swale along the upstream edge of the road. It will include installing drainage pipes for the service bridge downspouts. It will include replacing the existing electrical service line, communications line, with new buried concrete conduit and manholes for each, with new service lines along the crest road alignment. It will include replacing the existing water line with a new line along the road alignment.


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.


Situated on Nubanusit Brook, Edward MacDowell Lake dam was completed in 1950 at a cost of $2 million. It  consists of an earth fill dam with stone slope protection 1,100 feet long and 67 feet high with a capacity of more than four billion gallons of water and has prevented damages of approximately $20.8 million to date. There is a conservation pool covering an area of 165 acres and having a maximum depth of about seven feet. The flood storage area totals 840 acres and covers parts of Hancock, Dublin and Harrisville. The lake and all associated project lands cover 1,469 acres. Project lands offer trails for hiking and cross country skiing; snowmobile trails; undeveloped open space for ball playing and other sporting activities; drinking water; and sanitary facilities.


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Tim Dugan

Release no. 2016-027