University of Kentucky/Nicholasville Road FEMA Flood Mitigation Project

Construction of the UK/Nicholasville Road FEMA Flood Mitigation Project on the University of Kentucky campus began on April 9, 2014. The project, designed by Bell Engineering, includes a number of water quantity and quality control measures to be implemented in the Nicholasville Road area adjacent to Commonwealth Stadium. Seven detention basins will be enlarged or modified within the 240 acre watershed including the addition of 8.3 acre-feet of underground stormwater detention to accommodate the 100-year, 24-hour storm. Best Management Practices (BMP’s) such as bio-infiltration swales, bioretention, vegetative buffers, hydrodynamic separators and stream restoration will be implemented as well. Additionally, the project requires a number of utility relocations along Shawneetown Drive and Alumni Drive and relocation of parking lots. Shawneetown Drive will be permanently removed and upgrades will be made at the upstream side of the culvert on Nicholasville Road. When completed, the project is expected to serve a dual-purpose as a passive park with concealed stormwater management attributes.

UK/Nicholasville Road FEMA Flood Mitigation Project Sign

The $12,000,000 project is funded through a 75 percent FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant used to address drainage and flooding problems caused by an undersized system. The estimated completion date for the project is October 2015.

Westside Park Bridge Project

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.

Hopkinsville Bridge at Westside Park