Lake White Dam Project Continues Through Winter
Project will be extended through Spring 2017
Chillicothe (Tuesday, December 20, 2016) – Joined by their contractors, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and the Ohio Department of Transportation are teaming up to restore and preserve the infrastructure of Lake White, but following significant weather-related impacts that occurred during construction, the dam and roadway rehabilitation project has been extended through late spring of 2017.
Along with several flooding events that occurred during the summer, there were other incidents that affected the schedule. A slip occurred on County Road 105 (Forest Hills Drive), and a shutdown at the approved suppliers' facilities in October precluded the delivery of materials (fly ash) needed to complete the placement of the roller compacted concrete (RCC) on the dam.
“These events had a tremendous effect on the schedule, and while the contractors have continued working to make up for lost time, the days lost in relation to the scope of the project have been challenging to recoup,” said ODOT District 9 Deputy Director Vaughn Wilson.
As of the beginning of December, the contractors have completed the lake drain, painted the spillway gates, placed the RCC in the basin and dam face, relocated Crooked Creek, and armored the dam face with rock. In addition, the boat ramp and dock near the Lake White park office have been reconstructed, and the bridge component of the roadway work is nearly 80 percent complete.
Going into the new year, crews from Sunesis Construction Company will be completing the RCC placement on the dam crest, realigning Forest Hills Drive, placing concrete pavement on S.R. 104 for the length of the dam, reconstructing S.R. 552 and S.R. 551 intersections with S.R. 104, and remediating the slip along Forest Hills.
Most construction will slow down in the upcoming weeks; however, the contractors will continue working as weather permits during the winter months, and the closures of S.R. 104 and S.R. 551 at the lake and park office will remain in effect through next year.
Although the bridge replacement and other road work has been extended into next year, crews are still on target to start filling the lake in the spring for it to be restored for the 2017 fishing and boating season, barring any further, significant weather impacts or unforeseen circumstances.
The Lake White Dam project is a combined effort between ODOT and ODNR to rehabilitate the 4,200-foot earthen dam and improve the adjacent roadways and intersections at the Lake White State Park in Pike County.
In addition to improving the dam to ensure regulatory requirements, the project includes reinforcing the east bank of S.R. 104, completing the lake drain, armoring the upstream face of the dam with riprap, replacing the existing bridge on S.R. 104, reconstructing the highway by widening S.R. 104, constructing turn lanes at S.R. 551 and S.R. 552, and improving the intersection of S.R. 104 and Forest Hills Road.
Sunesis Construction was awarded a contract for approximately $31.7 million to complete the project, and the revised schedule for completion is slated for June 2017.
For more information contact:
Kathleen Fuller, Public Information Officer
1-888-819-8501, ext. 774-8834, toll free in Ohio
1-740-774-8834, direct line & outside Ohio