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Project Updates

Portage Lakes North Reservoir: Site Prep and Home Inspections

Posted on 2/20/2020 by Engineering in Portage Lakes

Pre-Construction Activity

Last week, the Beaver Excavating Company (ODNR contractor) began removing structures at 752 Portage Lakes Drive (ODNR-owned property). This work is necessary to prepare for the rehabilitation of the North Reservoir spillway and is expected to take 5 weeks.

In the coming weeks, Beaver Excavating will be removing trees and other existing landscaping near Hope Lutheran Church and 3496 Dollar Drive (ODNR-owned property). This will create clear work zones for construction crews and make way for the major improvements to follow. The company previously installed fencing to secure construction areas.

Trucks will bring in heavy equipment near these sites. Please look for flaggers and follow their directions and signs to assure your safety and theirs. Expect flagging to continue through mid-March.

Home and Well Inspections

Letters offering home and well inspections were mailed Nov. 11, 2019, to homeowners within 250 feet of dam construction. If you received a letter, please set up your inspection appointment by Feb. 22, 2020.

The potential for property damage due to construction is extremely low, but the inspection will document existing conditions in case a claim needs to be filed. If you did not receive a letter and think you should have, please contact Greg Fowler with GDF Consulting at 304-593-0072.


Please see for an overview of North Reservoir Dam improvements and previous meeting presentations. If you have other questions or comments, please contact Angela DelBrocco at

North Reservoir - Portage Lakes Dam Risk Reduction Project page

Portage Lakes State Parks page