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CLINTON LAKE DAM ROAD TO OPEN SOON

September 8, 1999

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Douglas County Road 13 across the dam at Clinton Lake should be fully open in the next week, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials said.

A final inspection has been set for this morning, said Dave Rhoades, park manager with the Corps of Engineers.

Crews only have to paint the lane markings and do some final work on the road shoulders, Rhoades said.

Drivers already can drive around a barricade on the north end to reach the city's Eagle Bend Golf Course just below the dam.

The dam work has inconvenienced golfers this summer, the first full season for the 18-hole course. The back nine holes opened Labor Day a year ago.

But it hasn't hurt business, said Jim Kane, course general manager.

Kane said city officials had projected 33,000 golf rounds for this year.

"As of Sept. 1, we've already done 27,552 rounds," Kane said.

Kane said that if September's weather is not unexpectedly cold or rainy, the course should make or break the projections.

The road project missed an estimated Aug. 31 completion date because of a delay in getting a piece of specialized equipment used to tear up the old surface and lay a new one.

The project also went a little over on expense, costing about $1.1 million, $100,000 more than anticipated.

-- Kendrick Blackwood's phone message number is 832-7221. His e-mail address is kblackwood@ljworld.com.

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