LEETONIA- The Ohio Department of Natural Resources is set to begin a mine water drainage project at the Leetonia Beehive Coke Oven Park on Sept. 3, according a press release.
The project will divert mine drainage water away from the historic coke ovens to a safer location in the park. The park will be closed to the public during construction, which is anticipated to be finished no later than November.
The project is being funded by a grant from the Office of Surface Mining from a non-emergency, public health and safety fund. The water, which currently drains into the ovens from an abandoned mine shaft, will be diverted to the north end of the park. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources hopes that this project will help stabilize the ovens that have been compromised because of the rapidly flowing mine water.
Justin Charles Hite, the community development coordinator for Leetonia said, "This project is going to make a big impact on the long-term sustainability of the ovens, and it is going to help us fulfill the goals laid out in our master development plan for the Coke Oven Park."