Army Corps to hold ribbon cutting ceremony at Prompton Dam

Published Aug. 2, 2012


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Philadelphia District will host a ribbon cutting ceremony at 11:00 a.m. Aug. 22 at Prompton Dam. The ceremony recognizes the completion of a two-phase construction project which included modifying the dam spillway, building an operations center and maintenance garage and constructing a new access road and spillway bridge to the dam

The Honorable Jo-Ellen Darcy, the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works, will attend the event and participate in the ribbon cutting along with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Philadelphia District Commander Lt. Col. Chris Becking. Ms. Darcy oversees the civil functions of the United States Army, including the Corps of Engineers and its flood risk management functions.

Prompton Dam, a flood damage reduction project consisting of an earthfill dam and reservoir, is located on the Lackawaxen River four miles above Honesdale, Wayne County, Pa., and 30 miles above its confluence with the Delaware River. The dam has prevented more than $23 million in damages since its construction in 1960.

In 2007, the Philadelphia District began the two-phase project. The first phase consisted of constructing a 7-foot wall across the top of the dam and widening the spillway. The second phase of work began in 2010 and further widened the spillway and included building an operations center, maintenance garage and constructing a bridge to the dam. Thalle Construction Company served as contractor for the second phase of work.

Steve Rochette

Release no. 12-012