Lake White Rehabilitation Making Headway
Road work continues through 2016; lake restored in 2017
Chillicothe (Thursday, May 12, 2016) – Investing in the state’s infrastructure and restoring a piece of the area’s history, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and the Ohio Department of Transportation have teamed up for the Lake White Dam Rehabilitation project, and as construction progresses through 2016, major road work is on target for completion later this year, and the lake will be restored in 2017.
“Working with our partners at ODNR, we are investing in our infrastructure to ensure the preservation of the Lake White State Park and the adjoining roadways,” said ODOT District 9 Deputy Director Vaughn Wilson. “In doing so, we are addressing the concerns of the aging dam and the safety of our transportation system for residents, motorists and tourists.”
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 Lake White State Park in Pike County.
In part, the $31.7 million project calls for improving the dam to ensure regulatory requirements, 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.
Since work began last September, crews from Sunesis Construction Company have relocated a section of Crooked Creek, reconstructed the boat ramp and dock near the Lake White park office off S.R. 551 and started the S.R. 104 bridge replacement. While footers for the rear wingwall have been poured and the coffer dam has been dewatered, crews are now installing lake drain conduit. And in the days and weeks ahead, they will be excavating at the dam, demolishing the spillway, completing the lake drain structure and building piers for the new structure.
All of this, of course, comes with the closure of S.R. 104 and S.R. 551 at the lake and state park office, and these closures will be in effect through November of this year. In addition, S.R. 552 and County Road 105 (Forest Hill Road) will be subject to closure during the project; however, the schedule to close either route has yet to be determined. With major roadway construction scheduled to be completed by late fall, the lake is on target to be restored for the 2017 fishing and boating season.
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.
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