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Touring the Gilboa Dam construction
GILBOA -- New York City Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Carter Strickland toured the ongoing construction at the Gilboa Dam on Tuesday.
Officials were able to check out the progress being made by a $400 million project designed to improve the state of the dam, including a new release tunnel around the dam from the Schoharie Reservoir into the Schoharie Creek.
Reconstruction of the dam is the largest public works project in Schoharie County, and one of the largest in the Catskills.
"It's time to refresh it and invest in it again. It's time to make it stay strong so that's what we're doing. We're refacing the dam...it had a lot of erosion weathering, so we're taking 234 million pounds of concrete on it. We're tying it with additional anchors to keep it secure," said Strickland.
The improvements to the dam were supposed to be complete in 2016, but officials said it could be completed two years early. The project has created about 125 local jobs, and the dam has been in service for 85 years.