The project reached a major milestone as all five-crest gates have been successfully installed To provide an understanding of the scale, these sections span one hundred and five feet (105') and a total weight of forty-nine thousand five hundred pounds (49,500 lbs.) Additionally, the final sub-grade areas of the left retaining wall area have been installed. Despite some significant COVID-19 related delays in the gate manufacturing process, the project is tracking for a late spring re-fill of the pond.
Mayor Sarno states, “I want to thank PBRM Director Patrick Sullivan, Capital Asset Construction Director Peter Garvey, Director of Disaster Recovery Tina Quagliato-Sullivan and the entire city team for their continued dedicated efforts on our Watershops Pond / Lake Massasoit Dam project. I especially want to thank our residents for their patience as we complete this very important work to secure and strengthen the dam so that we can avoid any potential problems and adverse environmental impact. We were also able to do much-needed cleanup of tornado debris that was thrown into the pond back in 2011. Director Sullivan and I wanted to reassure our residents at Loomis Lakeside at Reeds Landing that the project is on target for completion and that their beautiful Watershops Pond / Lake Massasoit will be refilled by April 2022.”
“It was great to be back with our senior community residents at Reeds Landing – such a beautiful setting,” Mayor Sarno continued. “My thanks to Nick and Judy Fiorentino for their invitation and the warm hospitality shown by all.”