|Allentown – Lehigh County Executive Don Cunningham and Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) Executive Director John Arway today announced the completion of the lower spillway of the Leaser Lake dam project, a significant milestone in progress on the repair and replacement of the dam in New Tripoli, Lehigh County.
The spillway is a concrete structure that runs alongside the dam and captures excess water, allowing it to run off safely, preventing flooding.
“With the completion of the lower portion of the spillway and wing walls, we can now move on to finish the rest of the project quickly,” said Cunningham. “We’d like to thank the Commonwealth for its help in funding this important project for the Lehigh Valley.”
PFBC Executive Director Arway said the project demonstrates how local and state government can work together to reach a common goal.
“The Fish and Boat Commission built Leaser Lake in 1971 and the county has developed it into a very popular recreational facility for Lehigh Valley residents,” he said. “Through a successful partnership with the county, we are now able to rebuild the dam so that future generations can use and enjoy the resource.”
The total cost to repair the Leaser Lake dam is approximately $3.31 million, with funds coming from several sources. Lehigh County contributed a local match of $500,000 and the Commonwealth contributed a total of $2.81 million, including $1.25 million from the Growing Greener II initiative and $1.56 million from the state capital budget.
With the recent break in the cold weather, contractors are once again hard at work on the Leaser Lake dam repairs. Now that the lower portion of the spillway has been completed, the pace of construction will move much faster because construction will occur above the flood plain and the lower portion serves as the foundation upon which the rest of the spillway will rest.
This project has been the subject of much public inquiry and interest. Another media event will be held later in the year to announce the completion of construction.
Work on the project began in late August of last year and even with work suspensions due to weather the project is on schedule for substantial completion by October 18, 2011.
The mission of the Fish and Boat Commission is to protect, conserve, and enhance the Commonwealth’s aquatic resources and provide fishing and boating opportunities. For more information about fishing and boating in Pennsylvania, please visit our website at www.fishandboat.com.