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Gloucester County to lead a major infrastructure improvement in Deptford Township

The county will lead the dam and bridge repair for Almonesson Lake Dam

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For Immediate Release: October 12, 2017
Contact: Freeholder Director Robert M. Damminger (856-853-3395) or
Freeholder Heather Simmons (856-853-3378)

Gloucester County to lead a major infrastructure improvement in Deptford Township
The county will lead the dam and bridge repair for Almonesson Lake Dam

(Deptford, NJ) -- Gloucester County Freeholder Director Robert M. Damminger and Freeholder Heather Simmons joined Mayor Paul Medany today to announce that Gloucester County will lead the way to reconstruct the bridge and dam at Almonesson Lake utilizing federal funding.

After the reconstruction, the County will take responsibility of the bridge, and Deptford Township will take full jurisdictional responsibility for the dam.

Freeholder Director Robert Damminger said, "This agreement between the County and the municipality will allow the residents of Deptford to keep Almonesson Lake. After the major storms in 2004, the DEP changed the rules about dams and required that damaged or failed dams either be repaired or removed to protect from a breaching."

Damminger said, “After this reconstruction is completed, Deptford will maintain the dam, which means Almonesson Lake will not have to be decommissioned.”

Freeholder Heather Simmons, Liaison to the Department of Public Works, said, “This is a win for everyone.”

Simmons said, “The County will be responsible for obtaining federal funding to design, permit and construct a new bridge, dam, and roadway. Deptford would not have been able to afford to do this on their own, and their alternative would have been to decommission the lake. This is a large project, and it is essential to the safety of our residents, and to the quality of life here too.“

Deptford Mayor Paul Medany said, “If this dam were to breach, it would be devastating to our infrastructure and our citizens. We are pleased to be a part of this partnership with the county. For a relatively small cost of maintaining this dam in the future we will get to preserve a part of Deptford's character.”

In photo: Gloucester County Clerk Jim Hogan, Freeholder Heather Simmons, Freeholder Director Robert Damminger, Freeholder Frank DiMarco and Mayor Paul Medany at Almonesson Lake in Deptford.

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