Grant Sarver July 23, 2020

Revamping the nation’s crumbling infrastructure has been a topic of concern for a while now. Presidential candidates and the president himself have promised investment in infrastructure projects not seen since the Eisenhower administration. The collapse of Michigan’s Edenville Dam in May was a stark reminder of the serious threat that negligence of the issue poses. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reports that there are more than 15,000 dams in the United States considered a “high hazard.”

In Vermont, the Crystal Lake Dam needs improvements. The state is requesting proposals to construct a concrete cutoff wall and footing upstream, a drain/filter including a cofferdam and filter curtain, a rip-rap, and many more projects. The lake is located in Barton, Vermont, close to the Canadian border. Bids for this opportunity are due August 19.


The Borough of Swedesboro in New Jersey is also seeking dam repair services. The Narraticon Dam requires rehabilitation projects such as, “construction of a temporary cofferdam extension of existing reinforced concrete walls installation of reno-mats installation of crushed stone fill gabions.” Additional details are available for prospective bidders. Bids for this opportunity are due August 6.

Infrastructure projects should be on the rise in the near future. Regardless of who wins the election, we should see an increase in infrastructure spending, especially to remedy the huge layoffs that the country has seen due to COVID-19. Infrastructure goes largely unnoticed, but these projects are essential for an orderly flow of our economy and society.

About the Author

Grant Sarver is from Suwanee, Georgia. He is currently an undergraduate pursuing Bachelor’s degrees in International Affairs and Sociology at the University of Georgia with an expected graduation in December 2020. He is most interested in human rights and social equality and plans to work for an entity that helps fulfill people’s human rights.