With just over nine miles of 24-inch ductile iron pipe, the new Finished and Raw Water Transmission Main Project Bell Engineering is completing for Winchester Municipal Utilities is one of the largest waterline jobs currently underway on the East Coast. Construction of the $8,300,000 project began in November 2014 and is ahead of schedule with approximately 50 percent complete. In order to dig the 42-inch wide and seven-foot deep trench, G&W Construction purchased a Vermeer T1255 Commander 3 trencher. The project, along with the equipment needed to complete it, are featured in the article below from the May 2015 issue of Underground Construction.
The Letcher County Water and Sewer District along with the Letcher County Fiscal Court celebrated the installation of their millionth linear foot of water line on November 12, 2013. The event took place at the Letcher County Recreation Center and Bell Engineering was pleased to present plaques to both the District and the County for their continued efforts to provide quality water service to the citizens of Letcher County.
Dignitaries in attendance at the event included Senator Johnny Ray Turner; Judge Executive Jim Ward; Bob Scott, Division of Abandoned Mine Lands Director; Mark Meade, Division of Abandoned Mine Lands Assistant Director; Barry Turner, USDA Rural Development Area Director; Greg Pridemore, USDA Rural Development; Bernard Watts, Letcher County Water & Sewer District Chairman; Richard Carter, Letcher County Water and Sewer District Commissioner; Mark Lewis, Letcher County Water and Sewer District General Manager; Magistrate Keith Adams; Magistrate Bobby Howard; Kim Padgett, Rural Community Assistance Program State Director, Mike Miller, Kentucky River Area Development District Executive Director and other community, District and County representatives.
A groundbreaking ceremony was conducted for a water line extension to serve the various areas of Wayne County, Kentucky. The extension will provide water service to 55 new customers. The project includes the installation of over 31,000 linear feet of water line.
Present for the groundbreaking were Monticello Utility Manager Gene Jones, State Representative Ken Upchurch, Wayne County Judge Executive Greg Rankin, Wayne County Magistrate Dale Vaughn, Bell Engineering President Kelly Gillespie, Bell Engineering Project Manager Steve Dale, and various citizens to be served.
The replacement of the water line serving the City of Ferguson kicked off on October 15, 2008 with an official groundbreaking. The City of Somerset received a grant from the Commonwealth of Kentucky to replace the existing 6-inch line. The existing line has been in service since the 1930’s, so the new line will significantly improve service to customers in the City of Ferguson.