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Road across Shawnee Mission Park Lake Dam to be closed for one month beginning Monday, Oct. 29
POSTED: 10/25/2007
Due to construction on the Shawnee Mission Park Lake Dam, the road across the dam will be closed for approximately one month, tentatively beginning Monday, Oct. 29, Johnson County Park and Recreation District officials announced.

The road closure, which was long anticipated as part of lake improvements going on this year, is required to accommodate improvements to the dam. When the project is complete, the dam will have gravel shoulders, new guardrails, improved riprap placement on the face of the dam, and a fishing trail meant to give fishermen improved access to the entire length of the dam.

Officials emphasized that cyclists and pedestrians who wish to complete a circuit around the lake can still do so during the closure by utilizing the portion of the Mill Creek Streamway Park below the dam. The streamway park's Gary L. Haller Trail connects near Shelter 8 on the south side of the dam and at the access gate on the north end of the dam. This diversion adds about 2,200 feet to the circuit.

Barricades and signs will be in place in advance of the closure. Signs at the park's 79th Street and 87th Street entrances will advise visitors that the park road will be closed at the dam. Barricades will be placed near Shelter 8 on the south and at the north end of the dam.

Work on the dam improvements is being completed by Max Rieke Brothers Construction, Shawnee.

The improvements are taking place now to take advantage of reduced water levels in Shawnee Mission Park Lake, which were lowered beginning in early July to facilitate the construction of wetlands at the southeast end of the lake. Additional improvements began in September and at the park's Off-Leash Area and are meant to improve access and safety to the area's beach.

For more information, contact Planning and Development Manager Bill Maasen at (913) 894-3342.

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