Right-of-way phase begins on bridge construction project

By Nola Sizemore nsizemore@civitasmedia.com

February 11, 2014

The Wilkerson Street bridge construction project highlighted a meeting of the Loyall City Council on Monday. Wastewater Supervisor Mark Duff explained construction taking place at this time by state officials.

“Water lines are being rerouted off the Wilkerson Street bridge to KY 840,” said Duff. “They buried the lines underneath the ponding area and rerouted it — putting it under the road and tied it into the main line on KY 840. That’s the same thing they will be doing with the sewer lines off Wilkerson. They will be rerouting them down the river just a bit. They’ll come under the river and tie back in on Chad Street. All of that is due to the fact they are going to replace that old bridge on Wilkerson Street.”

Council member Dewayne Williams asked if this construction will affect resident services in any way.

“No,” said Duff. “They’ll install everything and hook everything together and they should be down maybe half a day making the final connections. Then they should have everyone back up and running. This will not affect the customers. Before they switch it over we will pump down that lift station to give us some extra storage capacity at the time. When the crossover is done we should have enough storage facility in there to make everything seamless.”

Les Dixon, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Public Information Officer District 11, was contacted and he said the bid letting date for the Wilkerson Street Bridge construction project is March 28.

“Right now we’re in the right-of-way phase,” said Dixon. “Of course, the right-of-way phase could push that date beyond March 28.”

Nola Sizemore may be reached at 606-573-4510, ext. 115, or on Twitter @Nola_hde