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Ohio wants to spend $4 million to fix dam

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Department of Natural Resources wants to spend $4 million to fix an aging dam in Akron that officials say is no longer safe.

The Ohio Controlling Board was scheduled to vote Monday on funding the Tuscarawas (tus-kuh-RAW'-uhs) River dam project that has been requested by the ODNR.

The Akron Beacon Journal ( ) reports that the earthen dam, which is 26 feet high and 1,000 feet long, doesn't meet safety standards and shows other deficiencies.

Plans call for hardening the existing embankment with about 12,500 cubic yards of concrete topped with additional soil. That will keep water from going over its top during major storms.

Work won't begin until after the Bridgestone Invitational golf tournament July 31 through Aug. 4 at the nearby Firestone Country Club.

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