Community and Development Services and Bell Engineering staff, along with local media, were on-site Wednesday, April 2, 2014, as the bridge connecting Hopkinsville’s Westside Park with the first phase of the Pennyrile Rail Trail project was fitted in place across the Little River. As part of renovations to Westside Park, Bell Engineering worked with the City to design a bridge to connect the park to the new Rail Trail project on the opposite side of the Little River. In order to clear the 100 year flood plain of the river, a 130-foot clear span was selected. Concrete abutments drilled into rock were hidden by segmented block retaining walls. The bridge is 130-foot by 10-foot wide concrete decked, weathered steel.
The City of Somerset, Kentucky, held a groundbreaking ceremony April 17, 2014, to mark the beginning of the Midtown Sanitary Sewer Project. The City has experienced significant growth during the past 10 years. As a result, their sanitary sewer system is overloaded and experiences significant inflow and infiltration. This project will replace approximately 12,400 linear feet of undersized trunk sewer with 24- and 30-inch PVC and ductile iron pipe. These improvements will greatly increase the system capacity reducing sanitary sewer overflows.
The $3,000,000 project is funded through a $1,800,000 U.S. Economic Development Agency (EDA) grant as well as local funds. The event was attended by Somerset Mayor Eddie Girdler; City Council Members Jim Rutherford, Mike New, Tom Eastham, John Minton, Jimmy Eastham, and Jim Mitchell; Carrie Weise, City Attorney; Alex Godsey, City Engineer; Charles Dick, Somerset Wastewater Manager; Dana Whitis, Water and Wastewater Coordinator; Martin Johnson, Gary Epperson, and Charles Combs, Somerset Wastewater Department; and Eric Weddle, Weddle Construction.