Archive for Wednesday, March 2, 2005

KDOT closes road over dam at state lake

March 2, 2005

Because of safety concerns, the road over the dam at Leavenworth County State Fishing Lake was closed Monday, according to Michael Wilson, chief engineer for Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks.

"We noted that there was some sliding on the back side of the dam," Wilson said. "Just to be on the safe side, KDOT closed off that and put up barricades to block off the road until we determine exactly what caused it."

Wilson said he thought weather was a factor in the problems at the lake, which is about six miles northwest of Tonganoxie.

"Probably a lot of it had to do with the very dry couple of years and then we had the recent wet season," Wilson said.

The area of the sliding dirt, Wilson said, was about 300 feet across, near the top part of the dam.

"We're working along with the DWR (Division of Water Resources) to determine the cause of the slide," Wilson said. "I would suspect that we would probably know something within a week or two. ... Hopefully, the closing of the road is just a temporary precautionary measure that won't last for long."

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