Columbus - 
State Senator Troy Balderson (R- Zanesville) announced Monday the release of nearly $38,000 of state emergency rehabilitation funds to repair damages at the Muskingum River Parkway Lock and Dam No. 7 in McConnelsville. "Thankfully, the lock's flaws were discovered before any serious damage was done, Balderson said. "This funding is absolutely necessary to ensure that we prevent any further erosion, which could lead to serious problems downstream." Engineering personnel determined the 472-foot long structure had suffered partial structural failure due to corrosion and were at risk of collapse. Funding the repair was expedited to prevent additional damage to the dam, specifically as spring months bring greater potential for high water. Repairs were conducted by Luburgh Construction in cooperation with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.
Senator Balderson represents the 20th Senate District of Ohio, which is made up of Athens, Coshocton, Guernsey, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Muskingum, Noble, and Washington Counties
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