Lake White Rehabilitation Gets Under Way

Roadway restrictions on state Route 104 in Pike County will be imparted as the first phase of construction for the Lake White rehabilitation project gets under way.

This week, S.R. 104 will be reduced to one, 10.5-foot lane at S.R. 552, and traffic will be maintained by temporary signals. The single-lane restriction will be in effect through the remainder of the year. Following this, both S.R. 104 and S.R. 551 will be closed for approximately 10 months, and S.R. 552 and County Road 105 (Forest Hill Road) will also be subject to short-term closure during the project. A full closure of these routes is not anticipated until January 2016.

The project is a combined effort between the Ohio Department of Transportation and the Department of Natural Resources to rehabilitate the 4,200-foot earthen dam and improve the adjacent roadways and intersections at Lake White State Park.

In part, the project calls for improving the dam to ensure regulatory requirements, reinforcing the west bank of S.R. 104, completing the lake drain, armoring the upstream face of the dam with riprap, 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 Forest Hills Road.

ODOT awarded a contract in late July to Sunesis Construction for approximately $31.7 million, and the project is targeted for completion by late fall 2016.