BUCKEYE LAKE – With most of the work at Crane Lake completed by Memorial Day, most construction activity is now centered at the AMIL spillway in the Village of Buckeye Lake. Work also continues at the Buckeye Lake Yacht Club.
Sidewalk construction continues to move north along the North Bank. ODNR says the five-foot wide sidewalk is being installed “about four feet away from the state’s property line toward the lake.” For sidewalk construction, the contractor has replaced the familiar chain link fence barrier with orange plastic barricade fencing which in some areas is placed right up to dam front homes. As the sidewalk is completed, ODNR says the contractor will move the chain link fence barrier to the lake-side of the new sidewalk, allowing local sidewalk use.
The Ruhlin Company has been pouring concrete at the AMIL spillway since May (see top right photo) as the spillway channel is reconstructed. The new channel consists of two steel sheet pile walls filled with concrete.
An excavator then dug out the new channel well below the bottom of the lake. For weeks, new material has been placed and compacted in layers to create a more stable base. On Wednesday, workers put a geotextile on top of the compacted fill and then started installing concrete erosion blankets (middle photos left and right) to armor the bottom of the channel. The blankets are basically special concrete blocks attached to each other with what appears to be plastic-covered steel cables.
A 60 inch diameter drain has been installed in the western side of the channel to replace the existing drain. That drain will be protected by a stainless steel trash cage (see bottom left photo). The cage has a hinged opening on one side so it can be cleaned out.
A new bridge (bottom right) has been installed at the yacht club. A similar but larger bridge will be installed across the new AMIL spillway channel.