- Associated Press - Saturday, September 16, 2017

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - The main landing at Merritt Reservoir State Recreation Area near Valentine is closing temporarily to make way for construction of a new boat-launch facility.

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission says construction is beginning now because reservoir water levels are typically at their lowest following irrigation season. The project will include a new ramp and protective rock breakwater adjacent to the parking area for the old high-water ramp.

Construction will continue into mid-October as the reservoir refills. An alternate fish-cleaning station is available at Beed’s Landing. Officials say the public should stay clear of the work area and construction equipment entering the main landing and Willow Cove campground areas.

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The new concrete ramp will replace one that was built in the 1960s and is often out of service by July.

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