Dam Road bridge to close for painting

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TOWNSHEND — The spillway bridge on Dam Road at the Townshend Dam will be closed for painting and other work starting Friday. The closure will continue through May 31, according to a press release from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District.

The detour route while the bridge is closed is State Forest Road.

The bridge is located at Townshend Dam and is the spillway bridge on Dam Road.

A $480,200 contract to do the work was awarded on Sept 24, 2018 to P.S Bruckel, Inc., of Avon, N.Y. The contract includes painting the bridge, replacing miscellaneous nuts and bolts, sealing the concrete approach slabs, repairing bridge grout pads and replacing a section of the approach guardrail.

Townshend Dam is 1,700 feet long, 133 feet high and cost $7.4 million to construct. Its lake can hold 33,700-acre feet or 10.8 billion gallons of water. Since it was placed in operation in 1961, it has prevented flood damages of $144.1 million, states the press release. The reservoir area offers many recreational opportunities, including swimming, picnicking, fishing, hunting, canoeing, boating and nature study and annually attracts nearly 81,000 visitors. For more information visit http://www.nae.usace.army.mil/missions/recreation/townshendlake.aspx.

For project updates, visit the Townshend Dam/Ball Mountain project Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/BallMountainandTownshendLakes.

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