Remediation work on the dam at Como Park Lake in the Village of Lancaster will start in late August.
The work will replace the damaged lower-level gates in the dam that help control water flow. The project should help alleviate the mounting silt deposits that have plagued the lake for years, said Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz.
Como Park Lake will be drained and sediments that have collected behind the dam will be tested, said project manager Brian Rose of the Department of Public Works. Bids on the work will be opened Aug. 24. The work is expected to be completed in early 2018.
Nearby residents have lobbied the county to dredge the lake, but that would cost $1.6 million to $2 million, Poloncarz said. Repairing the dam’s gate valves will cost about $150,000. The county cannot dredge the lake until sediment testing is complete, said Poloncarz.