Important Update On Repair Of The Beaver Lake Dam Spillway


Beaver Lake Dam News

Volume 5 - September 27, 2018

Beaver Lake Dam News is an e-mail communication issued by the website to inform website members about current news and developments related to the Beaver Lake Dam Renovation Project


After several weeks of impressive progress towards getting the repairs of the Beaver Lake Dam Spillway by T Ford underway, we have reached an 11th hour snag which will result in postponing the repairs until late summer 2019.  In brief, the Mass Department of Transportation has ordered the bridge on Old Belchertown Road to be closed.  Because of this, the Town of Ware will require the bridge on Beaver Lake Road/Babcock Tavern Road, going over the spillway, to remain open in the morning and afternoon for school buses, and also to give consideration for emergency vehicles.  T Ford has determined that such a schedule would slow down their work, creating inefficiencies and could make it difficult for them to complete the repairs before more severe winter weather would make it impossible to work.  From all discussions had today with state and local officials, it appears that all notification and permitting requirements that have already been satisfied will remain valid over the next year or more, and we believe the arrangements made for a construction loan will also remain in effect.  More details concerning this change will be available for discussion at the Beaver Lake Club annual meeting on October 21, 2018 (10 AM at Workshop 13 located at 13 Church St, Ware).  We regret to report this news which is extremely disappointing for all involved.

David Poppel