Bill to repair dam doubles estimate

Jason Malloy
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TRURO - Repairing the Lepper Brook dam is going to cost more than originally anticipated.
Town council unanimously approved Monday an estimate of $200,600 for the pipe-grouting component of the remediation work. The town originally estimated the cost to be about $100,000.
"This is very specialized work with Can-Tech Shotcrete being the only company capable of the pipe grouting work," director of public works Andrew Williams wrote in his report to council.
Despite the work costing twice as much
as anticipated, councillors approved the expenditure.
"I don't think that we have a second choice, somehow or other we have to pay that bill," said Coun. Sharron Byers. "It is a specialized field and we don't have any other options, I believe, to find someone to do the work."
"This is an essential job that we just have to do," added Coun. Diane Bennett-Cook.
An engineering consultant discovered the leak last summer during a regular safety inspection at the dam, adjacent to Victoria Park. The leak was discovered in a main underneath the dam that dates back to when the dam was built in 1900. A temporary repair was done at the time and now the town is in the process of fixing the problem.
A drainage blanket for the foot of the dam will also be installed. It will help leak out water from the dam in a controlled fashion to alleviate the potential for a sudden rupture. The drainage blanket, estimated to cost $600,000, has been awarded for $840,000.
The town has budgeted $1.3 million for the dam rehabilitation work, including engineering, planning and design work to identify and repair the problem as well as the grouting work.

jmalloy@trurodaily.com

Organizations: Town council, Can-Tech Shotcrete

Geographic location: Victoria Park

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