State Representative Tim Schaffer (R-Lancaster) has announced that the State Controlling Board approved the release of $8,384,322 to help provide engineering and other necessary services for improving the Buckeye Lake dam.

Among other things, the funding will be used to offer a detailed assessment and construction administration to reduce the public safety risks currently prevalent at the dam. Other professional services offered under the contract include drilling, surveying and mapping, as well as public outreach, engineering and other rehabilitation projects at Buckeye Lake State Park.

"I applaud the Controlling Board's decision to release these funds," Schaffer said. "We are now one step closer to putting shovels in the ground and getting this project completed so that residents and businesses at Buckeye Lake can better enjoy the lake and all it has to offer. This will move us further in our mission to get the Buckeye Lake economy back on track."

Westerville-based company Gannett Fleming Engineers and Architects, P.C. was selected to provide the engineering services to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources for the Buckeye Lake dam improvement project, based on a qualification-based selection process.

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