PHOTO: Pawcatuck River diverted around Bradford Dam in preparation for dam’s removal

PHOTO: Pawcatuck River diverted around Bradford Dam in preparation for dam’s removal

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Work crews have successfully completed the task of diverting the Pawcatuck River and exposing the Bradford Dam so that work can begin on its removal on Friday, Aug.4, 2017. Workers had recently completed carving a temporary bypass channel around the dam on the Pawcatuck River in preparation for the structure’s removal later this month. The dam will be replaced with a more natural step-pool design, allowing more fish to swim upriver to their traditional breeding grounds and eliminating the risk of flooding from a catastrophic dam failure. The bypass channel and the temporary cofferdams will divert water away from the dam, leaving it accessible for demolition. The clearing, demolition and eventual restoration of the area are being performed by SumCo Eco-Contracting of Salem, Mass. | Photos by Harold Hanka, The Westerly Sun


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