Date of release: September 18, 2019
By noon on Thursday, September 19, the concrete section of the Greenway Trail and North 6th Street between Northview and Burnett streets will reopen for the public’s use.
A portion of the Greenway Trail and North 6th Street have been closed since September 9 to allow a contractor working for the City of Paducah to replace the discharge pipes that traverse the floodwall levee. This is part of the Floodwall Reconstruction Project on Pump Station No. 2 located at 1416 North 6th Street. After further evaluation, the pipe project is being postponed allowing the roadway and trail to reopen.
City Engineer & Public Works Director Rick Murphy said, “We are going to postpone the discharge pipe work on the pump station until next summer due to time constraints. With the approach of the fall season, we typically see increased water levels and flooding potential on the Ohio River. Since Pump Station No. 2 is the first station to be activated in the network, we need to conduct this pipe replacement project when the Ohio is at a low level for an extended period of time.”
Murphy added, “The contractor will continue to work in the area, but the Greenway Trail and North 6th Street will reopen until the pipe project resumes early next summer.”
The City has a contract with Huffman Construction, LLC to rehabilitate Pump Station No. 2 which includes the replacement of discharge pipes in addition to the rehabilitation of various mechanical components of all seven pumps and motors not previously repaired, and the replacement of the sluice gate. Pump Station #2 has the largest pumping capacity of 313,000 gallons per minute. Since it’s the first station to be activated at a local river stage of 27.5 feet, it receives the most wear-and-tear. The City has $1.4 million in grant funds for the Pump Station No. 2 project which include a $1 million Community Development Block Grant and $400,000 from Delta Regional Authority. To fund the rest of the project, the City has received a low interest loan through the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) through the Kentucky Energy & Environment Cabinet and Kentucky Infrastructure Authority. ###