- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 26, 2016

SEAFORD, Del. (AP) - Reconstruction work is beginning at the Hearns Pond Dam, one of Delaware’s most vulnerable.

State officials announced Monday that work is beginning at the dam. It’s the first project under a state initiative to repair and replace aging and outdated dam infrastructure.

It is the state’s top priority for improvements based on the risk to downstream communities and infrastructure should the dam fail. The $4.2 million rehabilitation aims to bring the structure in line with state regulations and is expected to be complete by May 2017.

The project includes the construction of a new larger spillway and the installation of concrete blocks on the earth embankment to prevent erosion. It also includes a new boat ramp to boost recreational opportunities.

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