Ceremony Kicks Off Dam Rehabilitation Project
Chillicothe (Tuesday, September 15, 2015) – A piece of the area’s history, a vital tourist attraction and an integral part of local economy will be restored as a major capital improvement project goes to construction at Lake White State Park in Pike County.
Built along the former Ohio and Erie Canal, Lake White was constructed during the Depression through the Works Progress Administration. It was officially dedicated as a state park in 1949, and it has continued to play an important role in the Pike County community for residents and visitors alike.
Now, the Ohio Department of Transportation and the Department of Natural Resources are teaming up for a $31.7 million rehabilitation to preserve this piece of the area’s heritage by making long-term risk reduction improvements to the 4,200-foot earthen dam, as well as roadway and structure improvements at the bridge that crosses over the dam spillway.
“Working with our partners at the Department of Natural Resources, our goal is to improve the park so that it continues to be an important and integral part of the Pike County community and its economy,” said ODOT Director Jerry Wray.
Wray was joined today, September 15, by ODNR Director James Zehringer and state and local officials for a ceremonial groundbreaking to kick off the start of construction of the departments’ capital improvement project at Lake White.
“The Kasich Administration has made it a priority to tackle, head on, Ohio’s dam safety challenges and address aging dam infrastructure issues,” said Zehringer. “We continue to invest in our state’s dam safety program to ensure Ohioans’ safety continues to come first.”
For its part of the project, ODOT will be 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 County Road 105 (Forest Hills Road).
ODNR’s portion of the project includes making improvements to the dam to ensure regulatory and safety requirements, reinforcing the west bank of S.R. 104, completing the lake drain, armoring the upstream face of the dam with riprap and relocating a portion of Crooked Creek.
ODOT awarded a contract in late July to the Sunesis Construction Company, and as construction gets under way this week, the project is targeted for completion by late fall 2016.
For more information contact:
Kathleen Fuller, Public Information Officer, ODOT District 9
1-888-819-8501, ext. 7748834 toll free and in Ohio
1-740-774-8834, direct line and outside Ohio