R’ville council makes decisions on change order, utility relocation bid

By Chris Cooper - ccooper@newsdemocratleader.com

At the Russellville City Council meeting held Tuesday, July 21, councilwoman Sandra Kinser was voted mayor pro tem in the absence of mayor Mark Stratton, who was out sick.

Two of the most significant decisions to come out of that meeting included a change order for extra concrete and grading at the Forest Park Bridge, and the passing of an agreement awarding a contractor to relocate utilities on the southern Bypass project.

Wayne Thomas, Russellville’s Utilities Director told the council Tuesday that additional four inch thick concrete aprons were needed behind the new guard rails of a bridge near Forest Park. The aprons are needed to help divert water away from the roadway surface. This will help prevent erosion in those areas, said Thomas. Also needed is the addition of a grading cover for the culvert that opens at the intersection of Forest Park and Shelton lane.

“This needs to be done because a vehicle could drop off,” said Thomas.

The change order will cost $11,800.

Thomas said the city has the funds to complete the change order from grant monies it received for the bridge project.

The City of Russellville put in a bridge near Forest Park recently to elevate major flooding issues in that area. In the past it has flooded in the Forest Park area so badly it has reached the Carpenter Company who suffered extensive damage from flooding inside the factory.

Russellville Mayor Mark Stratton and the city council felt it was extremely important to fix the flooding problems in this area for those who not only live there, but to assure no interruptions for those who work at the local industry.

Total cost for the project was $195,424, not including the change order.

Another decision made during the Tuesday city council meeting included awarding a bid to Abbico Contracting out of Hudson, Ky. for relocating utilities on the southern Bypass. The city received three bids.

The city’s portion of the project will be $43,015 to be spent on placing a 16 inch casing for future sewer needs. The state portion is $73,604.

The Department of Transportation agreed with awarding the bid to Abbico, however, the contract reward remains on hold until right-of-way acquisitions are completed.

The project will require three road bores.

By Chris Cooper


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To contact Chris Cooper, email ccooper@newsdemocratleader.com or call 270-726-8394.

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