Lake Milton State Park to receive dam upgrades through state project

The project will help bring the Lake Milton Dam into compliance with Ohio dam safety laws and rules

A merger to combine Ohio state parks and boating operations passed the state senate.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – State Rep. John Boccieri (D-Poland) announced Wednesday that the state will invest more than $2 million in dam repairs at three Ohio state parks.

Lake Milton State Park in Mahoning County will be one of those parks which will receive repairs. The project will help bring the earthen embankment, concrete spillway and lake drain system at the Lake Milton Dam into compliance with Ohio dam safety laws and rules.

“Lake Milton is a recreational treasure for Milton Township and the surrounding area, as well as a crucial part of the Mahoning River’s water infrastructure,” said Boccieri. “These repairs will ensure that this dam is brought into compliance with state safety laws and that it remains a stable system for years to come.”

The dam was built in 1916 and originally served as an industrial water supply for the Mahoning River Valley and also provided public recreation opportunities. As part of the ongoing agreement between the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, it still augments the flow of the Mahoning River.

Work is scheduled for completion by April 2018.

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