COLUMBUS—State Senator Jay Hottinger (R-Newark) today announced the approval of $24 million for the second phase of the Buckeye Lake Dam Rehabilitation project. The State Controlling Board approved the release of funds for the second phase of the expedited construction on Buckeye Lake.

“The future of Buckeye Lake is brighter than ever and today we took another step forward towards our goal of making Buckeye Lake a destination that attracts people and businesses from across Ohio and the Great Lakes region to central Ohio," said Senator Hottinger.
Under Phase II of construction the summer pool target water level at Buckeye Lake is only one foot below historical summer levels and boating operations and water sports have returned to the lake. 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.

The Buckeye Lake Rehabilitation project has been fast-tracked to limit both public safety risks and any negative impact on the local community. The project remains ahead of schedule and the anticipated completion date is late 2018.

“The investments made at Buckeye Lake will drive tourism, create jobs for area residents, and provide additional funding to our local schools," Hottinger added.

For additional information and updates on the project from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, visit

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