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Temporary road closure at General Butler; Park will remain open

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By Jeff Moore

To make repairs to the dam at General Butler State Resort Park’s lake, the road that crosses it will be closed for a month, beginning Tuesday, Oct. 29.

Kentucky Department of State Parks spokesman Gil Lawson said Tuesday that the road closure is expected to last through Nov. 26, depending on how work progresses and weather conditions.

Park officials said in August that a 24-inch pipe in the dam is collapsing and must be replaced. To make those repairs, crews will have to dig through the roadway across the dam, which is located just past the mini-golf attraction.

Throughout the road closure, park services, including the lodge, Two Rivers Restaurant, conference center, cottages and other attractions will remain open and operating, Lawson said.

Detour signs will be installed at the first of next week.

Lawson said traffic will be directed from Hwy. 227 to the rear entrance to the park by way of Gillock Avenue and Eleventh Street. However, parking and activity areas on the east side of the dam, in and around the front entrance to the park, will remain open. 

A temporary entrance will be created for access to the campground and for delivery vehicles to the lodge, he said.  This entrance will be located on Hwy. 227 at about a quarter-mile north of the main entrance.

Officials have worked recently to lower the level of the dam in preparation for the repair project.

The state parks department estimates the dam repairs will cost about $118,000, Lawson said.

The entire repair project is expected to take 90 days to complete, Lawson said in a previous interview.

But more repairs are being planned there next year.

Lawson said the spillway on the dam needs work. At that point, he said, the lake levels will have to be lowered again.

The Butler Lake dam originally was constructed in the 1930s. It has gone through some updates and repairs through the years.