Chillicothe (Wednesday, July 26, 2017) – Continuing efforts to
monitor and assess water levels at Lake White since the construction of a new
dam at the state park in Pike County, contractors for the Ohio Department of Natural
Resources and the Ohio Department of Transportation will be conducting a dye
test in the lake early next week.
Lake levels have remained more stable since the lake was
returned to winter pool in late June to allow for a safety inspection of the
newly constructed dam and to identify the cause of any possible water
movement. The dam continues to be secure and operating properly. The
next step to be undertaken by Stantec, the project’s consultant, will be to
utilize dye to determine if the water levels are holding or if water is
drawing down into the water table and rising to the surface outside the lake.
Engineers from Stantec will be conducting the test by
injecting fluorescent dye into the water on the lake side. The test will be
conducted on Monday, July 31, and the colors injected will vary from red and
yellow-green to possible blue. The dye is non-toxic and biodegradable, and
the coloration of the lake water can last up to one week.
Earlier today, July 26, Sunesis crews reopened S.R. 552 and
C.R. 105 (Forest Hills Drive) at their intersection with S.R. 104. Although
S.R. 104 remains closed south of S.R. 552, crews will be completing finishing
work on the south side of the construction zone in the coming week, and
the route will be reopened to traffic soon.
The environmental review, consultation, and other actions required by
applicable federal environmental laws for this project are being, or have
been, carried out by ODOT pursuant to 23 U.S.C. 327 and a Memorandum of
Understanding dated December 11, 2015, and executed by FHWA and ODOT.
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