City Leaders Move To Spend $18 Million On Scioto River Overhaul

The proposal calls for removing the Main Street Dam and other changes to the Scioto River near downtown.(Photo: Flickr)
The proposal calls for removing the Main Street Dam and other changes to the Scioto River near downtown.(Photo: Flickr)

Columbus officials are supporting a plan to transform the Scioto River by removing the Main Street dam, tightening and deepening the river, and adding riverfront bike trails and green spaces.

Mayor Michael Coleman says the city will contribute $18 million to the Scioto River project with a goal of finishing work in 2015.

The plan would cut the width of the river roughly in half and deepen it. Removing the dam is expected to make the water clearer and more usable for fishermen and kayakers.

Coleman says he believes it will make the river “leaner, cleaner and greener.”

A study estimated the total project cost at $36 million. The Columbus Downtown Development Corporation hopes to raise funds to pay for costs not covered by the city.

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