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The Lake White Dam Rehabilitation and Roadway Improvement Project is a combined project between the Ohio Department of Transportation and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to reconstruct the Lake White dam and make long-term risk reduction improvements to the 4,200-foot earthen dam, as well as to replace the existing bridge over the spillway on S.R. 104 in Pike County. 
For its part, ODOT replaced the existing bridge on S.R. 104, reconstructed the highway by widening S.R. 104, constructed turn lanes at S.R. 551 and S.R. 552, and improved 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.
Due to significant weather-related impacts that occurred during construction, as well as other unforeseen geo-technical issues and materials-related matters, the overall construction schedule affecting traffic was extended from Spring 2017 to mid-summer. Although all affected roadways are open to traffic, crews continue to make additional improvements at the dam. These efforts should not affect traffic, and any traffic impacts should be minimal, with traffic maintained by flaggers as needed. 
Sunesis Construction was awarded a contract for approximately $31.7 million to complete the project.

 Water Monitoring Plan


Throughout the Lake White Dam project, water levels at the lake have been monitored for safety assurance and in accordance with construction specifications to avoid possible overtopping events. Their efforts will continue through the remainder of the project, and as part of this, the contractors have a Construction Monitoring Plan in which they will check and observe weather forecasts daily. In the event of a forecasted, significant rain event, the Monitoring Plan will be enacted, and the contractors will take steps necessary toward adjusting the lake should water levels exceed elevations above summer pool.


For additional information regarding the dam and post-roadway construction improvements, visit ODNR's web site at

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