The chief of the division of soil and water resources may request the public authority having charge of the construction of state, county, or township highways, highway bridges, and culverts, or municipal streets, for the construction of slack-water dams in connection with the construction of any such highway, street, highway bridge, or culvert whenever, in the chief's opinion, the construction of such dam is desirable and feasible for the economical creation and construction of reservoirs, ponds, water parks, basins, lakes, or other incidental works for the conservation of the water supply of the state.
The public authority having charge of such construction may approve such request when, in its opinion, the construction of such dams will not unnecessarily delay or hinder the construction of the highway, street, highway bridge, or culvert, or will not interfere with its value or use for highway purposes.
If such request is approved, the chief, in cooperation with the department of transportation and the public authority participating in the project, shall make a survey and prepare plans, specifications, and estimates for the construction of such dams and the reservoir, pond, water park, basin, lake, or other incidental works in connection therewith.
Upon approval of the plans and specifications and determination to proceed with the project, the chief shall enter into an agreement with the public authority on the distribution of the cost and expense of the construction of such dams and incidental works in connection therewith. The portion of the cost to be paid by the division of soil and water resources shall be paid from any funds appropriated for or paid into the division and available for such purpose.
Such dams shall be constructed under and subject to any laws governing the construction of state, county, or township highways, bridges, or culverts. Any public authority undertaking construction under sections 1523.14 to 1523.20 of the Revised Code shall proceed in the same manner as provided for the construction of highway or street improvements.
Amended by 128th General AssemblyFile No.9, HB 1, §101.01, eff. 7/17/2009.
Effective Date: 07-01-1985