AVOCA - The Murray County Commissioners last week approved moving forward with a request for proposals for a feasibility study regarding replacement of the Lime Lake Dam in Avoca.
Proposals will be opened on October 20.
The Lime Lake Dam is an old concrete spillway structure constructed in 1922, with repairs made in the 1960s. The structure of the dam has shown signs of deterioration that were made worse during the floods of 2018. High floodwaters caused serious undercutting around the dam, further compromising the integrity of the structure.
The Lime Lake County Park, a 4-acre park located on the south side of the lake just west of Avoca, includes the dam structure and a catwalk-type walkway that goes over Lime Creek to create access on both sides of the creek. The walkway is technically considered a bridge and is inspected annually by the Murray County Highway Department, according to the RFP.
Murray County would like to evaluate outcomes associated with removal or replacement of the dam and determine if they are feasible, cost-effective and in the best interest of the citizens of Murray County, especially those with property adjacent to the lake.
Final selection of the RFP is expected to happen in mid-November.