Project Updates

CAPITAL – Currently in design and/or construction

 A Summary status is listed below.

New Water Treatment Plant

Construction of the WTP at 7055 Boonesboro Road adjacent to the Lower Howards Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant was initiated on March 5, 2018.  This project was designed and coordinated in conjunction with the 24-inch Raw and Finished Water Main Project (completed) as well as the Raw Water Intake improvements project (completed).  The preliminary engineering work developed six (6) Technical Memorandums establishing direction for design of the new treatment facilities.  Bell Engineering is serving as the Engineer of Record.  WMU will continue to utilize the Carroll Ecton Reservoir as a back-up/secondary water supply and construct a raw water transfer pumping station at the existing water treatment plant in accord with construction of the new water treatment plant facilities.  All official approval documentation from KDOW has been received.  A preconstruction meeting was held on January 24, 2018 and the official sale of bonds has been completed establishing the remaining financing of the project.  The first progress meeting and an official groundbreaking ceremony was held on March 15, 2018.  The next progress meeting is scheduled for Thursday, April 19, 2018.  Work completed to-date includes installation of temporary electric, installation of silt fence, setup of construction trailers, stripping of topsoil, excavation of the filter building area, excavation of the clearwell and high service pump area and completion of drilling and blasting activities.  The following schedule outlines milestones for the project achieved and moving forward.

  • Design completion – 6/30/17
  • Solicitation of Construction Bids – 7/19/17
  • Construction Bid Opening – 10/27/17
  • Construction Bid Award – 12/7/17
  • Authorization for City to Issue Bonds – 12/7/17
  • First Reading of Bond Ordinance – 12/19/17
  • Second Reading of Bond Ordinance – 1/2/18
  • Bond Sale – 2/1/18
  • Bond Closing – 2/15/18
  • Notice to Proceed – 3/5/18
  • Construction Begins – 3/5/18
  • Groundbreaking – 3/15/18
  • Substantial Completion – 3/5/20


Hampton Manor Outfall Sewer

Originally part of the Lower Howards Creek Sanitary Sewer Improvements, the project scope included installation of approximately 3,500 feet of 24”, 18”, 15”, 12” and 8” gravity sanitary sewer and appurtenances.  Project plans were completed along with easements negotiations with property owners in the project area.  A total of twenty-two (22) easements were acquired for project construction.   A public informational meeting for the Hampton Manor and Vaught Road Gravity Sewer Projects was held on September 10, 2009 at George Rogers Clark High School.  The project was the last project constructed as part of the Lower Howards Creek Sanitary Sewer Improvements.  This project was postponed to a later date pending positive impacts from the other Lower Howards Creek projects and review of scenarios detailed in the Hydraulic Sewer Model.  This project was ranked No. 3 project in the regional ranking process conducted by the Bluegrass Area Development District in 2016.  The Sanitary Sewer Overflow Plan (SSOP) called for elimination of two SSOs in the project area by October 2022, but an earlier construction date (July 31, 2019) was proposed and approved by EPA dependent positive feedback from the funding agencies.  The WMU Commission approved Work Order No. 19 with Palmer Engineering in the amount of $68,980.00 on November 5, 2015 to finalize design of the sewer improvements.  An informational property owner letter was sent to residents in the project area the week of November 30th.  A additional public meeting was held on Thursday, March 10, 2016 at the Robert D. Campbell Junior High School to provide details to property owners impacted by the project.  WMU’s application for financial assistance was approved at KIA’s Board meeting on Thursday, October 27, 2016.  An agreement for professional management services with the Bluegrass Area Development District (BGADD) was approved by the Commission at the July 19, 2016 regular meeting.  This Agreement allowed BGADD to assist WMU staff with administrative requirements required as part of the KIA loan.  The project bid opening was held on February 17, 2017.  Bids were reviewed by the project engineer, KIA and DOW staff.  The low bid for the project was received from Tribute Contracting and Consultants, LLC in the amount of $1,250,700.00.  The WMU Commission accepted the bid from Tribute Contracting and Consultants, LLC at a special-called meeting on March 23, 2017.  A preconstruction meeting was conducted on March 30, 2017 with all interested parties.  The Notice to Proceed was executed and dated for Monday, May 1, 2017.  The Contractor has completed construction of the project with only cleanup work remaining.  No additional progress meetings are scheduled.  Project closeout is expected in the April 2018 timeframe.   


?Winchester Bypass (Veterans Memorial Parkway) Utility Relocations

This project involves relocation of existing water and sanitary sewer infrastructure along the Winchester Bypass (Veterans Memorial Parkway) corridor from KY89 to KY627.  Staff attended a meeting at Department of Highways (KDOT), District 7 offices on Thursday, March 3, 2016, 10:00 a.m.  The meeting was held to coordinate the relocation or adjustment of facilities owned and operated by those impacted by construction of the project.  WMU staff is currently working with KDOT officials to obtain approval for selection of an engineering firm to facilitate the design of the relocated water and sewer facilities in the area.  The WMU Commission will be required to approve an engineering work order as well.   Management received a letter on April 26, 2016 from KDOT informing all parties that work on the project had been suspended for at least the next twelve months.  No specific cause for the suspension of work was provided.


Rowland Avenue Sewer Improvements

This project was constructed in-house and involved replacement of 245 feet of 8-inch vitrified clay pipe along Rowland Avenue at the intersection of Patio Street.  The construction upgraded service to eight (8) residences and eliminated a significant amount of inflow and infiltration (I/I) identified in this line section.  KDOW construction approvals were received.  Sewer Main Replacement funds are the source of funds utilized for the work.  Pipework is complete with only non-paved site restoration remaining.  Paving of the street was completed on April 13, 2018.  The budgeted amount for this work is $70,000.00.   Staff will report final project costs in a future report.


Woodland Drive Water Improvements

This project will be constructed in-house and involves replacement of 330 feet of 6-inch unlined cast iron pipe along Woodland Drive at the intersection of South Main Street.  The construction will provide upgraded water service to nine (9) residences and address water quality problems experienced in this area due to the existing pipe material and low flow conditions.  Water Main Replacement funds will be the source of funds utilized for the work.  Work is expected to begin in the spring of 2018.  The budgeted amount for this work currently is approximately $60,000.00.   Staff continues to work on finalizing the plans and developing the budget dollars.  Future reports will update the schedule and expected project costs.


Project 1107 Water Main Relocation (West Lexington Avenue)

This project includes relocation of approximately 200 feet of 6-inch water line located on the property at 1107 West Lexington Avenue as part of the Legacy Greenspace Project.  Additionally, there will be a new sanitary sewer line connection and cleanout installed for the facilities.  During planning phases for the project it was determined to be mutually beneficial to both parties for WMU to construct the utility improvements with reimbursement to be made from the Greater Clark Foundation (GFC).  The work is currently estimated at $25,000.  WMU will invoice GFC upon completion of the work on a time and materials basis.


Fulton Road Sewer Relocation

This project includes construction and relocation of approximately 307 linear feet of 12-inch PVC and 248 linear feet of 8-inch sanitary sewer and appurtenances as part of the Fulton Road Extension project (City project).  The work will be constructed as part of the final phase of the Fulton Road Extension project.  The Kentucky Division of Water approval letter and construction permit have been received.  Staff will await direction from the design engineer and City personnel as the project moves forward.  The project is currently in the property acquisition phase and has been dormant for a period of time.  All expenses associated with the relocation work are being borne by others.


Elevated Pressure Zone #3

The proposed project involved construction of a booster pump station and associated piping and valves to create a fourth elevated pressure zone in lower pressure areas that include French Avenue, Sunset Heights and Colby Road.  While a precise project area has not been determined, work is expected to address low pressure experienced in these areas and improve customer service.  The cost of the work was anticipated to be approximately $422,000 based upon preliminary cost estimates.  Water SDC funds are the potential source of funds to be utilized for this work.  The Commission approved Work Order No. 1 with Banks Engineering at the regular meeting on December 17, 2015 in the amount of $13,760.00 to prepare a Technical Memorandum (TM) outlining recommendations and alternatives.  Banks presented the TM information to the WMU Commission on April 20, 2017.  Banks provided multiple alternatives and recommended that no additional work be implemented until after the new WTP is designed since a new Hydraulic Grade Line (HGL) will be established at that point. 


Flanagan/Madison Street Sanitary Sewer Improvements

This is a Consent Decree SSO Elimination Project that is expected to be the last Consent Decree project constructed as part of the capital construction requirements of the Consent Decree.  The project will replace several sanitary sewers located in downtown area of Winchester.  The SSO Elimination Project has a Consent Decree completion deadline of February 20, 2021.  The preliminary project estimate is $5,289,000.  Staff is in the process of identifying the next steps for moving the project forward which include selection of an engineer for design and discussions with EPA Region 4 related to the findings of the SSO Elimination Study.