Reconstruction of the Buckeye Lake dam in central Ohio was deemed necessary after a report by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers showed the nearly 200-year-old earthen dam was at risk of failing. Republican Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) and other elected officials attended the ribbon cutting for the new 4.1-mile structure on Thursday.
Kasich had approved $150 million in funding for the reconstruction. Officials said Thursday that the project was completed two years earlier than anticipated and came in at a cost of about $107 million.
Authorities concluded that several hundred homes, docks and other structures built into the original dam had weakened it.
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