City street improvements underway

Bill Meadors (left), a contractor, and Kennith Tye, a Barbourville Street Department employee, set a form in place to get ready to pour concrete for a catch basin on Barner Lane in Barbourville. The drainage project is expected to be completed in September.
Bill Meadors (left), a contractor, and Kennith Tye, a Barbourville Street Department employee, set a form in place to get ready to pour concrete for a catch basin on Barner Lane in Barbourville. The drainage project is expected to be completed in September.

Barbourville Street Department began working the last week in July on a Barner Lane drainage project. The project has been on the books for more than a year, according to Robbie Cobb, City Superintendent.

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The 510 feet of drainage pipe was purchased for $2,948.80 with last year’s Street and Sidewalk Repair budget money. The remaining funding for the project is coming from the 2014-2015 fiscal year budget.

According to Kathy Dozier, City Administrative Officer, $1,882.35 of the $30,000 current year’s fiscal budget has spent to date.

The Barner project is the first to be worked from the 2014-15 budget.

“We got the pipes put in a lot quicker than we thought. Now we’re building catch basins to catch the surface,” said Cobb.

When complete, the new drain system will extend from Third Street to Cedar Lane.

The Street Department began its work on Barner Lane because that particular community has never had drainage, and it takes the water days to dissipate, according to Cobb.

If the weather cooperates, the Barner Lane drainage project should be done by the second week of September. When the project is finished, all of the water pipes will be completely underground with only the catch basin tops at ground level.

After updating the mayor and City Council at the September meeting, Cobb and his crew will set their sights on the next city project, which will include overseeing blacktop patchwork on various city streets due to last winter’s damage.

That project is expected to begin sometime in September. During that phase, traffic could be temporarily delayed or rerouted.

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