Council OKs $13.5 million for Langley Pond Dam repairs

Langley Pond will be back in action by the end of 2019, when a Charlotte, N.C., construction company finishes rebuilding its dam, according to Aiken County Council Chairman Gary Bunker.

 

Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to award a $13.5 million contract to Crowder Construction Co., Bunker said.

A leak in the nearly 150-year-old dam was discovered in Novem­ber 2014 and enough water was released from the lake to ease the danger of a break.

That left water levels so low, the pond was “essentially drained,” Bunker said.

Before that, the pond played host to the Augusta Invi­ta­tional Regatta, the Southeastern Re­gio­nal Championship Regatta and the swimming portion of an international triathlon.

The regatta alone had an estimated economic impact of $2.4 million.

A little less than half the money for repairs will come from federal grants.

 

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