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Portage Lakes: East Reservoir Public Meeting May 11

Posted on 4/25/2017 by Engineering in Portage Lakes

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) will host two public briefings May 11, at 5:30pm and 7:15pm, at its Division of Wildlife district office, 912 Portage Lakes Drive, to update the public on improvements to the East Reservoir Dam in Portage Lakes State Park. Construction is to begin during summer and be completed by the end of 2018.

The project in Coventry Township is part of a series of dam improvements the State of Ohio is completing to ensure public safety and that its Class I high-hazard potential dams meet dam safety requirements. Work previously was completed to upgrade the Tuscarawas Diversion Dam (2014) and West Reservoir Dam (2012), while replacement of the Class II Long Lake Dam floodgates remains underway and will be completed this fall. Following completion of dam improvements at East Reservoir, ODNR will begin improvements sometime next year at the North Reservoir Dam with completion anticipated by the end of 2019.

The dam improvements are funded through the state’s capital improvements fund. The East Reservoir Dam project is estimated to cost $30-$33 million; Long Lake Dam improvements are expected to total approximately $3.5 million; North Reservoir dam improvements are estimated at $23-$25 million.

In addressing the scope of the East Reservoir Dam improvements, ODNR staff along with its consultant and construction manager at-risk will provide preliminary information on construction schedules, phases of work, public access, local traffic impacts, and how to obtain construction updates. ODNR says that lake water levels will not be affected by construction but could be adjusted at any time to address dam safety needs.

Public safety is ODNR’s number one priority and its continued dam improvement work at Portage Lakes is to ensure that the state-owned dam structures meet dam safety requirements.

The public briefings concerning East Reservoir Dam improvements will be held from 5:30 to 6:45pm and 7:15 to 8:30pm Thursday, May 11, at the ODNR Division of Wildlife, 912 Portage Lakes Drive. The facility is handicap accessible; parking is limited.

RSVPs to either briefing, questions, comments and concerns may be emailed to: with the firm MurphyEpson or ODNR Division of Engineering at

Go to East Reservoir - Portage Lakes Dam Risk Reduction Project page

Portage Lakes State Parks web page