Construction to improve the causeway at the back of Jacobson Park is underway, thanks to funding from the Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program (CSEPP). The old causeway was narrow and built to handle passenger cars, not fire trucks or buses. In case of an emergency at Camp Kearney or other events at the back of the park, large vehicles would have to detour around the Jacobson Dog Park.
In case of an emergency involving hazardous materials or chemical agents, the large parking lot at the back of Jacobson Park would be set up as a decontamination site by the Lexington Fire Department. After people go through the decontamination process, they would be transported to Camp Kearney for assignment to shelters or medical care facilities. Persons not needing decontamination would go directly to the Camp Kearney area for sheltering or other resources.
The new causeway will have two wide lanes that can accommodate simultaneous large vehicle in-and-out traffic. It will also provide for an unimpeded water flow between a small creek and Jacobson Lake. The $630,000 project included expansion and paving of a parking lot and paving of gravel roads that access the Camp Kearney facility. Pending weather-related or other delays, the project is expected to be completed this June.