Ohio official says work on new dam could start next year

Buckeye Lake. (Photo/ODNR)
Buckeye Lake. (Photo/ODNR)

BUCKEYE LAKE, Ohio (AP) — A state official says construction on a new dam could start in summer 2016 as the state tries to expedite work at central Ohio’s Buckeye Lake, where the existing embankment has deteriorated.

Department of Natural Resources Director Jim Zehringer outlined that accelerated timeline Thursday in a meeting with members of the Ohio House Buckeye Lake Caucus. He says the engineering and design contractor could be picked this summer, and design could be finished by next spring.

For now, officials are keeping the water level low to decrease the risk of the dam failing. They’re also dredging the lake to create paths for boaters to use.

That has led to a new hurdle. Zehringer says his department is running out of places to put the material dredged from the lake bottom.

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