Phase one of levee project in Audubon park ahead of schedule

Phase one of levee project in Audubon park ahead of schedule

HENDERSON, KY (WFIE) - Work is moving forward on a multi-million-dollar levee project in Henderson's Audubon State Park.

Broken up into two phases, this project was originally proposed to the state about five years ago. Their dam was measured against a 1,000-year flood.

Construction work was supposed to begin two years ago, but studies found the soil was not suitable to sustain that levee.

Phase one, which is underway now, concentrates on that soil. This work is ahead of schedule and could wrap up as early as the end of July or middle of August.

Soil tests will follow.

Then, phase two, which is building the levee, can go up for bid. Phase two is expected to take six to eight months to complete, depending on weather.

The campground remains closed this season because of that work. There are more than 70 campsites in the park, and on any given weekend, they're 80-100% full.

The park manager tells 14 News this work is impacting areas across the property.

"We didn't realize how many local people use the campgrounds, so we have had a lot of people who drive by here looking at the progress of the project, voicing their opinions, and hoping we get it done soon and we hope so, as well. It's also had an effect on our museum admission and golf and everything we do here, so it's been a lot slower than our typical year," park manager Mark Kellen explained.

Kellen also added he hopes all work will be completed by spring of 2019, so they can open the campgrounds for the season without delays.

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