Brighton Dam Rehabilitation Project Begins Tomorrow
Project Will Impact Traffic and Public Access to Recreational Activities
OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
LAUREL, Md. – May 31, 2017: Beginning tomorrow, June 1, WSSC’s Brighton Dam is undergoing a $13 million rehabilitation project to ensure the continued safe operation of this crucial piece of drinking water infrastructure. The project involves rehabilitating 13 gates that control water flow, resurfacing the dam’s concrete spillway and replacing the original intake gates and bar screens. Work also involves constructing a new visitor center, which will serve as a WSSC watershed field office.
“Brighton Dam is safe and this project will ensure it stays that way,” said WSSC General Manager and CEO Carla A. Reid. “An upgraded dam and new visitor’s center will allow us to continue providing safe drinking water and recreational opportunities to customers and outdoor enthusiasts for generations to come.”
Traffic along Brighton Dam Road will be reduced to one single lane over the dam for the duration of the two-year rehabilitation project. Temporary traffic signals will be installed at each end of the dam to alternate one-way movement through the construction area. Motorists should plan ahead and expect delays while traveling through this area.
Because the water level in the Triadelphia Reservoir has been lowered to allow crews easier access to the dam, all water-related activities (boating/fishing) and some recreational activities (picnic areas) at the reservoir will be closed to the public. All recreational and water-related activities will remain open at the T. Howard Duckett Reservoir, which is located a few miles downstream in Laurel.
The dam rehabilitation project is scheduled to be complete in summer 2019, while the new visitor center should be complete in summer 2018, weather permitting.
Brighton Dam was constructed in 1943 along the Patuxent River to form the Triadelphia Reservoir. Located in Brookeville, the reservoir holds approximately 6.3 billion gallons of water. Together with the T. Howard Duckett Reservoir, the two bodies of water hold 12 billion gallons of source drinking water, which is filtered and treated at WSSC’s Patuxent Water Filtration plant. The Patuxent Plant provides clean drinking water for approximately 30 percent of WSSC’s 1.8 million customers.
For more information on the project and recreational activities on WSSC’s watershed, visit: https://www.wsscwater.com/brighton.
For 100 years, WSSC has proudly served the citizens of Prince George’s and Montgomery counties – providing drinking water that has always met strict Safe Drinking Water Act standards and protecting the environment through vital water resource recovery services. Our vision is to be THE world-class water utility, where excellent products and services are always on tap.