The new dam at Indian Lake is getting a signature addition to top off the construction effort of the 21st century-designed structure. A new observation deck is near completion, allowing visitors to view the mammoth high tech structure and enjoy beautiful scenes of the lake and dam working in harmony.
The newly constructed $7.6 million dam is called a “Labyrinth Weir” design spillway. This is one of the first “Labyrinth” designed dams in the state and features a 700-foot accordion-fold style configuration.
According to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, the spillway is the second largest Labyrinth Weir spillway in the country with a continuous span of more than 700 feet. It will keep the lake safe for the community for decades to come. The largest spillway of this type is located at Ute Dam near Logan, New Mexico.
The dam is catching the attention of passersby and sightseers. With the addition of this new observation deck and also being ranked as the 2nd largest Labyrinth Weir Dam in America, there’s no doubt that this impressive structure will officially become a bonafide tourist attraction and Indian Lake destination site.
The structure appears 98 percent complete. Concrete has already been poured and construction of the barrier walls and seawalls have been completed. Straw has been laid for the grassy areas including the walk up area.
A signage structure to hold an informational placard at the pinnacle point of the observation deck has been constructed and awaits the final installation of the actual plaque itself to be affixed.
Ron Brohm is a regular contributor to this newspaper.