TheTimesTribune.com, Corbin, KY

May 15, 2013

Highway projects to affect CUC’s systems


The Times-Tribune

CORBIN — By Jeff Noble / Staff Writer

Several projects in the Corbin area planned by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will affect systems maintained by Corbin City Utilities.

News of that came during the regular meeting of the Corbin Utilities Commission that was held Tuesday afternoon.

In his report, CUC General Manager Ron Herd noted several bridge replacements in Knox County will require relocation of CUC’s water lines. Also, the project involving the widening of the I-75 South Corbin exit (Exit 25) will require some minor changes to the utility’s lines. In addition, two projects that will also affect CUC lines involve two of the city’s major highways — U.S. 25W (the Cumberland Falls Highway) and U.S. 25E (the Cumberland Gap Parkway).

One project is for the state highway department and construction crews to widen U.S. 25W from the Corbin Bypass (KY 3041) to the intersection of 25W and 5th Street Road (KY 727). The other project involves widening 25E from the I-75 North Corbin exit (Exit 29) to the Corbin Bypass.

Herd also listed in his report that utilities’ consultant SAIC Energy is working on the financial analyses for reviews of CUC’s rates to determine what rate increases are needed.

In other updates on projects, Herd announced the KY1232 Sewer Extension project in Knox County is ready to advertise for bids, but added the federal EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) has an issue with pre-qualifying contractors to bid the project. Herd reported pre-qualification information has been submitted to the EPA for approval, before the project is advertised for bids. The project will be built with $1,297,119 in state and federal grants.

In other projects, personnel from GRW Engineers continue to work on engineering reports for the CUC’s Wastewater Treatment Plant Flow Upgrade Project, while the retainage continues to be held on the 2011 Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation Project, until the contractor furnishes the post-construction videos of the project. Herd said the engineer has received some of the videos to date for the project, which is built with $1,297,337 in CUC funds.