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May 12, 2014

Restrooms renovated at Laurel River Dam

Completed in time for anticipated heavy summer traffic

CORBIN — By LeeAnn Cain / Staff Writer

The restrooms near Laurel River Dam have been completely renovated in anticipation of the summer of 2014, according to David Robinson with the United State Army Corps of Engineers.

The Laurel River Dam is owned and operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and it was the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers who renovated the restroom. They also own the Laurel Lake Spillway, the Laurel Lake Picnic Area, and the Laurel Lake Tailwaters Area.

Robinson said this is the first renovation since the restrooms were built in 1992. He added it was the first time funds to renovate the restroom were available. It cost around $50,000 to update the building. The money came from the lake’s normal operational budget.

“This restroom gets heavily used during the summer, so we wanted to make it look nice,” Robinson said.

According to Robinson, the building was completely renovated; the only original part of the building is the ceiling, and Robinson said even that was painted. The building was gutted and received a new roof, exterior siding and floor tiles, and new doors and plumbing fixtures were installed.

“This was a total renovation, right down to the frame,” Robinson said.

The women’s restroom has two toilets, while the men’s restroom has a toilet and a urinal. There is no running water to the facility; according to Robinson, there are no water lines at Laurel River Dam and it would be “economically unfeasible” to run water to the area. For this reason, the restroom is a composting toilet, meaning waste is collected and disposed of in a landfill rather than flushed. Robinson said this method of disposal is “more economically responsible.”

While Robinson is hopeful there will not be problems with vandalism, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has partnered with the Whitley County Sheriff’s Office and the Laurel County Sheriff’s Office to provide law enforcement services. The public is encouraged to keep the restrooms in good condition and damage-free. Witnesses of any vandalism to the restroom facility are asked to call the Corps Watch Hotline at 1-866-413-7970.

For more information, please contact the Laurel River Lake Resource Manager’s Office at 864-6412.


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