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Wilson Lake Dam Reconstructed

Clayton-Williamstown Road Reopened

(Clayton) – Gloucester County Freeholder Director Robert Damminger and Freeholder Heather Simmons, Liaison to Public Works and Engineering cut a ribbon to signify the reconstruction of Wilson Lake Dam and reopening of CR610 - Clayton-Williamstown Road today. 

Freeholder Director Damminger said, "This Dam has been completed reconstructed, the bridge is reinforced and the roadway will be safer for drivers.  This road is a major connector for several towns and now only extreme flood events will overtop the roadway." 

The state funded the $2.6 million project that included the rehabilitation of the dam spillway, embankment, road way and associated roadway improvements.  The older spillway, stop logs, access platform were removed and replaced with new reinforced concrete spillway, low level outlet gates and an access catwalk. A sidewalk was constructed along the upstream side of the roadway and guiderails were replaced on both sides of the road.  A steel sheetpile was constructed the full length of the dam with an overflow crest cap provide improved seepage and stability and together with the enlarged spillway.  

Freeholder Simmons said, “Wilson Lake and the Dam is an important part of Scotland Run Park.  We are pleased that we will be able to reopen this area now the summer season is starting up.”  

“Crews worked through some tough weather this winter to make sure this project could be completed and we are grateful to everyone for their patience.  This project was not convenient for some, but it was necessary and now this road, bridge and dam are in great shape and meets the current standards required by the NJDEP's Dam Safety and Flood Control,” Simmons concluded.