Wheels In Motion For Lake White Improvement Project
Bids Opened, Low Bidder Announced For Long-Awaited Project
Chillicothe (Thursday, July 16, 2015) – A major capital improvement project at Lake White State Park in Pike County is likely to get under way soon as bids have been opened and an apparent low bidder announced.
Earlier today, the Ohio Department of Transportation’s Office of Contracts opened bids for the project to rehabilitate state Route 104 and improve the dam at Lake White. Of the four bids that were received, the Sunesis Construction Company was the apparent low bidder with an amount of approximately $31.7 million. A contract should be awarded late next week, following review and approval of the proposed bid.
The project is a combined effort between ODOT and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, in which the agencies are partnering to make 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.
For its part, 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.
During construction, which is anticipated to begin in late summer, both S.R. 104 and S.R. 551 will be closed for approximately 10 months, and S.R. 552 and C.R. 105 will also be subject to closure during the project. Currently, the project is scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2016.
For more information contact:
Kathleen Fuller, Public Information Officer
1-888-819-8501, ext. 7748834 toll free and in Ohio
1-740-774-8834, direct line and outside Ohio