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Buckeye Lake: Construction Activities Update - June 7, 2017

Posted on 6/7/2017 by Engineering in Buckeye Lake Dam

The berm is an active construction site and for your safety, crossing the fence to the Embankment Stability Berm is prohibited except for emergency responders and authorized personnel.

We can all play a role in keeping the community safe. If you see something, say something. Please call the ODNR Communications Center at 614-799-9538 if you see an unauthorized individual on the berm or watercraft inside the safety zone.

As you know, the proposed design for Phase II will consist of continued soil mixing to support the cutoff wall and a landscaped cap that will include an asphalt access path for use by the public on top of the new dam and a sidewalk for local access at the state property line.


The proposed design leaves the berm material in place, providing extra armoring on the shoreline. Grass turf will also be established in the zone between the existing soil mixed cutoff wall and the rip-rap shoreline.

DeWind One-Pass Trenching has been selected as the soil mix buttress contractor and will begin mobilizing to the site this week. The DeWind machine uses a cutting boom that looks like a large chainsaw to cut the trench while mixing injected cement and water.

Expect to see the machine in operation later this month near Liebs Island. Activities will include construction of a test section of the Phase II supporting buttress. After curing for approximately 30 days, samples will be taken for testing. Testing is necessary to confirm that the equipment is producing a structure consistent with the design. This is a routine procedure for these types of projects. Once testing confirms the structure is performing to design specifications, full-scale production of the supporting buttress will begin at North Shore and proceed to Liebs Island.

Current plans anticipate the machine to be in operation Monday through Friday and periodically on weekends. Soil mixing will normally occur during one 12-hour shift with maintenance and other related activities happening at night.


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