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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 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.
The project was extended through early summer of this year due to significant weather-related impacts that occurred during construction last year, as well as other unforeseen circumstances that affected the overall schedule. These included the slip on Forest Hills Boulevard, and a mechanical shutdown at the approved materials suppliers’ facilities in October.
Sunesis Construction was awarded a contract for approximately $31.7 million to complete the project, and the revised schedule for completion was August 2017.
 

 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 http://engineering.ohiodnr.gov/project-updates/post/improvements-needed-before-lake-is-refilled.

 

 Traffic Updates

 
All routes affected by and associated with the Lake White project have been reopened to traffic. This includes S.R. 104, S.R. 551, S.R. 552 and C.R. 105 (Forest Hills Boulevard). Additional traffic impacts are not anticipated; however, in the event that crews are working in the area, traffic will be maintained by flaggers as needed.
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