Gov. John Carney, Delaware Department of Transportation Secretary Jennifer Cohan, Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control Secretary Shawn M. Garvin, Rep. Daniel Short, Seaford Mayor David Genshaw and local officials were joined by local residents Aug. 16 to cut the ribbon marking the completion of the Hearns Pond Dam project.

"Maintaining and improving our infrastructure is critical for our residents and our economy," Carney said. "The dam at Hearns Pond was ranked as the highest priority dam in the state in need of repairs and increased capacity. With every heavy rainfall, the local community held their breath in concern for the stability of this dam. Today, residents and businesses of the Seaford community can rest easier knowing this dam is the first in the state to undergo a total rehabilitation and is fully compliant with our new dam safety program."

The Delaware Department of Transportation and the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control work together as state agencies to inspect, design, construct and maintain dams statewide.

In 2013, Hearns Pond Dam was identified as the highest priority dam in the state in need of repairs and increased capacity. Hearns Pond Dam is the first project completed under this partnership agreement between DNREC and DelDOT.

Hearns Pond Dam failed during a storm in August 2001 and was overtopped with damage during a June 2006 storm. DNREC funded a study to evaluate the condition and potential hazards of the dam and develop alternatives to bring the dam into conformance with new Delaware Dam Safety Regulations. The rehabilitation included replacing the spillway and the twin box culverts at the dam with a larger spillway and culvert to pass the flow of water, plus the embankments are armored with precast articulated concrete blocks. A new boat ramp was reconstructed. The contractor for these improvements is KC Construction of Ivyland, Pennsylvania.