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Dominion Virginia Power Leads Effort To Improve Popular Boat Ramp On The North Fork Of The Shenandoah River

FRONT ROYAL, Va., April 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Boaters, canoeists and kayakers are in for a treat the next time they launch at the Riverton public boat landing on the North Fork of the Shenandoah River near this northwestern Virginia town. Dominion Virginia Power teamed with others to rebuild the landing's ramp, improve general access and parking, spruce up the river's overlook park and make it more accessible to the handicapped.

Dominion, which is building the Warren County Power Station two miles down the road from the landing, hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony today to celebrate the completion of the $100,000 revitalization project.

Initiated by Dominion, the project was conceived in partnership with Warren County, the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, Shenandoah Riverkeeper and Zachry Industrial, the lead construction company for the power station.  

A consortium of 16 companies, businesses and government entities came together to accomplish the task. This team extended the boat ramp further into the river and replaced the worn gravel ramp with a 9-inch thick concrete ramp. The team also built stairs for easier and safer access from the parking lot, upgraded the nearby picnic area, added two picnic tables, replaced the outdated information kiosk, added a garbage receptacle and built a location for a portable restroom.

Volunteers completed the work today by planting native plants, flowers and shrubs to beautify the area.

"This has been a team effort for the community," said Colin Kelly, manager-Generation Site Construction for Dominion. "Dominion and our Warren County Power Station team are proud to have been a part of this successful collaborative effort. The idea was to make the Riverton Landing a model for other landings along the Shenandoah River. That goal has been met and surpassed."

Over a five-month construction period, Zachry and Dominion employees provided more than 1,000 volunteer hours to complete the work. The total value of the work, including donations, materials, services and volunteer hours is well more than $100,000.

Extensive technical resources, labor, materials, equipment and supplies were donated by Warren County Energy Partners, a joint venture consisting of Zachry Industrial and Burns & McDonnell.

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