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Fence To Be Put On Central Ohio Dam For Replacement Work

Ohio Department of Natural Resources
Lake officials are worried about the negative effects to tourism at Buckeye Lake. The dam was declared unsafe by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and construction of a replacement $150 million dollar dam is slated to begin in the summer of 2016

Officials say a 6-foot, chain-link fence will be installed on the earthen dam at central Ohio's Buckeye Lake to block off a construction zone as work begins to replace the deteriorated structure.

The fence will sit between the water's edge and several hundred homes that have been built into the dam. 

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers concluded houses and other structures have weakened the 4.1-mile dam and it's at risk of failing, so the state plans to install a new barrier over the next few years.

Representatives from the Department of Natural Resources and the design firm for the project discussed it during a meeting Wednesday with several hundred area residents. Some details aren't clear, including exactly how long the lake level will be kept low.