Louisville, Ky – The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers at Barren River Lake near Glasgow, Ky. announced today that a contract was awarded on Aug. 31 to continue work on the Port Oliver Recreation Area near Barren River Dam. This second phase of work was made possible by a congressional appropriation of $2 million in the Fiscal Year 2009 federal budget. However, the addition of $1.4 million in American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) funding will allow the Corps to complete final construction of this recreation area in Allen County.
The $3.297 million contract was awarded to Howard W. Pence, Inc., of Elizabethtown, Ky. and includes work for extension of the boat ramp to enable boaters to launch year round, a weigh-in area, shelter, boardwalks along the shoreline, an amphitheater, playground and picnic area, various accessible sidewalks and restroom facilities.
“With the additions, Port Oliver will be a unique and even a ‘one-of-a-kind’ recreation area. It will be completely handicapped accessible,” said Carlos Lopez, Barren River Lake park manager. “The whole area including the boardwalk - which will go around most of the perimeter of the shoreline - is accessible to those with mobility impairments.”
Senator Mitch McConnell, who worked to secure $2 million in the FY09 Energy and Water Appropriation for the project, said he was pleased with this most recent announcement. “This is great news, and I look forward to the completion of this project,” Senator McConnell said. “This will be a unique facility and will satisfy the demand for a recreation spot in the area.
The contractor will mobilize in several weeks with construction beginning in October, weather permitting. The project will take approximately 8-10 months to complete.
The Port Oliver Recreation Area is Barren River Lake’s newest area which includes facilities to support fishing, boating, day use and cultural activities such as concerts, theatrical productions and other activities.