In preparation for the anticipated 2021 Bartlett Carry Dam improvement project, the Upper Saranac Foundation (USF) has upgraded access for work crews.
Extensive resurfacing of the road will provide heavy equipment access for extensive improvements to the dam. In 2018, repairs to the Bartlett Carry Dam stabilized and secured its short-term future. USF, its board, and its supporters are now working to stabilize the dam for the next century.
The goals of the project are to strengthen portions of the dam which were not addressed in 1994. This includes sealing porous portions of the original rubble stone dam to prevent further deterioration. USF’s efforts will increase the safety of the dam beyond minimum standards and lessen the scope and frequency of maintenance and repairs, preserving the dam for the foreseeable future.
As part of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Dam Safety requirements and as part of the Bartlett Carry Dam maintenance plan, USF established access to the southern shore of the dam in 2011. The road was established for the purpose of emergency and general maintenance admittance. Access for USF and its contractors is granted by easement through private and public property.
Maintenance, including trimming, brushing, mowing, and removing of fallen trees, has continued yearly. Road work this year included clearing, ditching, and resurfacing the road with 15 truck-loads of crusher-run.