- Associated Press - Monday, July 20, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A state budgetary panel in Ohio has approved almost $8.4 million related to the design work for replacing the deteriorated dam at Buckeye Lake.

The nearly 180-year-old dam has been weakened by several hundred homes, docks and other structures built there. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers concluded the dam is at risk of failing, and the state has been looking at ways to replace it.

The Controlling Board signed off Monday on a request from Ohio’s natural resources department to contract with Gannett Fleming for engineering services. The company, headquartered in suburban Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, also has Ohio offices.

State officials said last week the proposed design would use compacted soil and cement columns to create a barrier in front of the existing 4.1-mile dam to prevent water seepage.

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