$7.6M Indian Lake safety improvements halfway complete


The $7.6 million project to replace the spillway at Indian Lake because of safety issues is now halfway completed.

The west half of the dam and spillway has been opened and is now controlling lake overflow, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources website.

Work has now begun on the east side of the spillway at the popular state park and is expected to be completed in early 2018.

RELATED: $7.6M safety updates underway at Indian Lake

The construction has drawn a lot of interest from the community and passersby because of it’s unique design. The dam is a labyrinth design, according to ODNR’s website, and will be one of the first of its kind in Ohio. It will eventually zigzag across the lake where it meets the Great Miami River.

The new structure will be more stable and cut down on seepage, according to the website. There won’t be any change to the dam’s hydraulic operations or lake levels.

“Anytime there’s an improvement in infrastructure in the Indian Lake region, it benefits Russells Point as well as the rest of the region,” said Russells Point Mayor Robin Reames.

The construction project has become a tourist attraction of its own, Reames said. Several people stop daily to take photos of the work or to get a closer look.

“It is just such an awesome event to watch the technicalities and the procedure here,” she said.

Tia Lillard has been following the progress.

“I have no idea what to expect so it’s been cool to see,” Lillard said.

She stopped on Friday morning to take pictures of the construction.

TRENDING: READ TO BELIEVE: Clark County chicken coop chase

“The spillway is pretty nostalgic for this area so I was pretty sad to see it go,” she said. “…But to see whatever this cool new design is that’s supposed to be improved and better, that’s pretty cool.”

The spillway needed to be replaced because of safety deficiencies, according to ODNR’s website.

“Their recent investigations of the dam structure revealed the concrete spillway is deteriorated and has a very low safety level,” the website says.

The old dam was more than 100-years-old, Reames said.

“It’s better to replace things before they become deficient so as not to have any problems,” she said.



Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Community News

WATCH: Car thieves abduct 6-year-old from day care parking lot
WATCH: Car thieves abduct 6-year-old from day care parking lot

A 6-year-old child was abducted early Tuesday after two car thefts at a Georgia day care, authorities said.  About five minutes after the car thefts, the child was seen on surveillance video walking back to the Childcare Network Daycare, Clayton County police Sgt. Ashanti Marbury said. It’s not known where he was abandoned. ...
'Tick explosion' coming this summer, expert warns
'Tick explosion' coming this summer, expert warns

Now that summer is just around the corner, experts are warning that ticks will be coming back in full force. One tick expert in New England told Boston's WFXT that the warmer weather will cause what he called a "tick explosion." The tiny, pesky and possibly harmful arachnids are about to spring into action, and everyone should be...
Opinion: The shameful silence of the CEOs

Congressional Republicans would be more willing to stand up to Donald Trump if their major financial backers — big business and Wall Street — had more backbone. Ever since 1971, when then-future Supreme Court Justice Lewis Powell urged corporations to mobilize politically, corporate money has flooded Washington — most of it into Republican...
Rapper ‘Ralo’ flew drugs across U.S., sold them from apartments he rented, police say
Rapper ‘Ralo’ flew drugs across U.S., sold them from apartments he rented, police say

An Atlanta rapper, accused of running a cross-country drug operation, was denied bond Tuesday, according to WSB-TV.  >> Read more trending news     Terrell Davis, known by his stage name “Ralo,” faces a federal charge of possession with intent to distribute. Authorities allege Davis sold drugs from several apartment...
Atlanta’s ex-mayor Kasim Reed doles out $500k in bonuses, gifts on way out
Atlanta’s ex-mayor Kasim Reed doles out $500k in bonuses, gifts on way out

Just days before former Mayor Kasim Reed left office, his administration showered select city employees with more than $518,000 in bonuses, and gifts that were presented during an “executive holiday party” at City Hall. >> Read more trending news  The spending spree has left the police union outraged, taxpayers fuming and council...
More Stories