kentucky trans yellow 300OWENSBORO, Ky. (8/22/14) — Work has ramped up this week to remedy problems caused by a failed manhole along the Kentucky 2121/Southtown Boulevard Project in Owensboro.

Initial work has included drilling a number of wells for use in pumping groundwater away from the site while the manhole, more than 20 deep, is reconstructed.

Over the last year, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has been negotiating with T&C Contracting, prime contractor on the $13.4 million Kentucky 2121/Southtown Boulevard widening project, and the Owensboro Regional Water Resource Agency to complete repairs to the site along the boulevard’s intersection with Goetz Drive.

Ongoing lane restrictions, sanitary sewage diversion and city street closures resulting from the manhole failure have inconvenienced motorists, residents and businesses.

“The existing manhole failed after new connections were made causing the need to bypass the entire manhole with pumping through above-ground piping. The contractor rebuilt the manhole and it collapsed again, bringing work to a halt,” said Kevin McClearn, Chief District Engineer of Department of Highways District 2, Madisonville.

But after negotiations, the contractor is back to work with a new design and a new agreement that utilizes Ted Lolley & Associates, Vector Engineering, and Johnson, Depp and Quisenberry for design and geotech services. The arrangement is similar to a “design-build” project that allows engineers to match construction design to actual conditions as on-site work progresses. Funding provided by the Transportation Cabinet is on a “cost-plus” basis.

T & C Contracting of Louisville is the prime contractor on the $13.4 million project. The Kentucky 2121/Southtown Boulevard widening project included reconstruction and extensive utility work along a 1.8-mile section of Southtown Boulevard from Kentucky 2698/Carter Road to U.S. 431/Frederica Street. Completion had been expected in June 2013.

The contractor and KYTC engineers have as a goal the completion of the manhole repair by the end of 2014.

SurfKY News
Information provided by Keith Todd

LIKE SurfKY on Facebook - Click here to LIKE us now.

© Copyright 2015 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story on social media.

In Other News...

Lady Mustangs Take Two from Calloway in Doubleheader

GREENVILLE, Ky. (4/27/15) — Muhlenberg County swept visiting Calloway County in a high school softball doubleheader… Read More

Muhlenberg BOE Special Meeting Tuesday

POWDERLY, Ky. (4/27/15) — The Muhlenberg Board of Education will hold a special meeting at 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 28 at… Read More

Most Read This Week

April 23, 2015 7919

Man Charged with Sodomy, Incest/Victim under 12

by SurfKY News
April 20, 2015 5101

Nortonville Woman Charged with Meth Possession at…

by Madisonville Police Department
April 24, 2015 4448

UPDATE: Police Can't Substantiate Injured Man…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
April 22, 2015 4146

Crime Stoppers Fugitive of the Week – April 22,…

by Hopkinsville – Christian County Crime Stoppers
April 22, 2015 4083

Madisonville Man Accused of Domestic Violence/Rape

by SurfKY News

Most Read This Month

April 17, 2015 13774

An Open Letter from an Addict

by Olivia Kirks
April 02, 2015 8934

UPDATE: Madisonville Man Injured in Head-on…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News

Stories Trending Now

April 27, 2015 2372

Online Petition Seeking Re­opening of Shanice…

by Samantha Carver, SurfKY News
April 27, 2015 2065

Hopkins County Drug War ― Are We Winning?

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
April 27, 2015 1118

Hopkins County Sheriff's Reports Released -…

by SurfKY News
April 28, 2015 1092

Man Charged with Stalking Smoke Shop Clerk

by MPD
April 27, 2015 1086

Church Attempts to ‘Inspire’ Teens in Self-Worth,…

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
April 27, 2015 809

Smoke Filled House Prompts 911 Call

by Madisonville Fire Dept.
April 28, 2015 755

ATV Driver Injured When Vehicle Overturns

by SurfKY News
April 27, 2015 755

Traffic Advisory for Western Kentucky

by Keith Todd
April 27, 2015 735

Mustangs Lose to Ohio County via Shutout

by Steve LeMaster
April 27, 2015 562

Lady Mustangs Take Two from Calloway in…

by Steve LeMaster