HENDERSON, Ky. (WEHT) – It’s been more than a year since gates closed at the campground at Audubon State Park.
The dam at the park is getting an overhaul and the campground closed during the project.
Where are they on that project?
There have been no happy campers here for over a year.
“We completed phase one of the project last year, and that was a project to stabilize the foundation of the damn.”
And there won’t be until at least 2020.
“We will be moving forward with phase 2, we hope to let that contract the first of the year, and we hope to immediately begin construction in March or April.”
Seasonal campers packed up in 2018 when work on an adjacent dam started and will have to set up camp elsewhere for the time being.
“In phase 2, we’re going to be a new southern channel spillway into the southern end of the dam.”
They will also convert the dam into a valved outlet structure and then widen the crest of the top and flattening the downstream slope.
“Those are just safety measure primarily, and to help the water flow there at the dam.”
The project’s price tag is roughly $5 to $6 million.
“We have been working with the historic preservation officer and the Army Corp of engineers to come to an agreement on our project, and just work with them to make sure our project maintains the integrity of the property because it is an historic property.”
By this time next year, officials hope the delay and the project will be water under the bridge.
“We hope, we anticipate, to have the project completed by the end of construction season, which would be around September of next year.”
(This story was originally published on October 22, 2019)