MWH Constructors started in July 2018 as the General Contractor on the removal of the Ballville Dam, which for the last 105 years, has occupied a stretch of the Sandusky River in rural Ohio, about an hour south of Toledo. Equipment staging began in June in advance of the July 1 demolition start, the first day permits allowed crews to be in the water.
Crews are chipping away at the 400-foot-wide and 34-foot-tall dam using track hoes with mounted jackhammers. The structure should be substantially demolished by the end of August 2018, depending on potential weather delays.
After demolition, MWHC will manage the restoration of the riverbank, including permanent seeding and tree and wetland planting on 21 acres upstream and at the dam site. That work is scheduled to be completed by the end of December 2018.