Portage Lakes West Reservoir Dam to be Rehabilitated

AKRON, OH – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) has announced a plan to rehabilitate Portage Lakes State Park’s West Reservoir dam and spillway to enhance the safety of these historic structures.

Construction work on the West Reservoir project is slated to begin in June.  The earthen dam, which was built in the 1840s, will be armored with a sturdy concrete structure that will be covered with soil and revegetated with grass to maintain its historic appearance.  The existing spillway will also be replaced with a new concrete spillway.  The pedestrian bridge on the crest of the dam will be demolished and replaced with a new bridge.

Recreational activity at the West Reservoir, including boating and fishing, will remain open during the summer.  In mid September, the water level in the lake will be lowered three feet below the normal pool elevation to facilitate the project.  The water level will be allowed to gradually return to standard levels after the first of next year.  The project work is scheduled to be completed in June 2012.

The West Reservoir Dam project is part of an ongoing capital improvement program for the Portage Lakes to ensure that the dams and associated structures are safe.  Area residents may notice increased truck traffic along with some noise and dust while the construction is underway.  Residents are urged to keep children a safe distance from the construction site and equipment.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR Web site at ohiodnr.com.

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