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 has plans to 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 monthly progress meeting is scheduled for Thursday, July 16, 2020.  Contractor payments show approximately 87% paid out for work completed through Pay Request No. 28.  On October 3, 2019, the WMU Commission approved a reduction in project retainage from 10% to 5% until all closeout requirements are completed.  As of the end of June 2020 the contractor is approximately 85% complete with construction.  On February 20, 2020, the WMU Commission approved an extension of one hundred, ten (110) days to the completion date and include the addition of seven (7) general cost change items to the original contract in the amount of +$255,679.00.  The adjusted Contract Price with inclusion of Change Order #2 is $20,331,857.00.  The following schedule outlines original milestones for the project. 

  • 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 – 12/19/1
  • 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

Sylvania Avenue Water Line Replacement

This in-house project involves replacement of a 6-inch cast iron water line along Sylvania Avenue that is subject to failure and prone to water quality issues.  The work is anticipated to improve service to approximately 31customers in the area.  Approximately 990 feet of pipe will be replaced along with other appurtenances.  Staff continues to finalize plans and have ordered materials for the Sylvania Avenue Water Line Replacement project.  A public meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 19th.   Preliminary costs are projected to be approximately $130,000.  


Lincoln Street Water and Sanitary Sewer  Line Replacements

This city of Winchester redevelopment project (CDBG) involves installation of approximately 790 feet of 6” ductile iron water line and 1,270 feet of 6” and 8” sanitary sewer along Lincoln Street.  The water and sewer line replacement work is part of a larger project that will replace failing infrastructure in this area.  Preliminary costs for water and sewer line work are projected at $200,000.  An exact customer count has not been determined since final use of the properties included in the project area remains undetermined.  Work is anticipated to be initiated during calendar year 2019 upon completion of the CDBG process.

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 May 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.

Fulton Road Water and 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.  The project has been redesigned to accommodate easement acquisition.  Staff has met with the design engineer to provide comments.  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 May 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.