Portion of river trail closed for pump station project to reopen

Portion of river trail closed for pump station project to reopen
The closed section of the Greenway Trail and N. Sixth St. in Paducah, Kentucky will reopen Thursday. (Source: City of Paducah)

PADUCAH, Ky. (KFVS) - A section of the Greenway Trail and N. Sixth St. in Paducah, Kentucky will reopen Thursday, Sept. 19 after it was closed on Monday, Sept. 9.

North Sixth St. between Burnett and Northview will also reopen for public use. It is part of the trail closure.

According to the City of Paducah, the closure is due to crews working on the Floodwall Reconstruction Project on Pump Station No. 2 located at 1416 N. Sixth St.

The City of Paducah said after further evaluation, the pipe project will be postponed allowing the roadway and trail to reopen.

City Engineer and Public Works Director Rick Murphy said the project will be postponed until Summer 2020 due to time constraints.

“With the approach of the fall season, we typically see increased water levels and flooding potential on the Ohio River,” said Murphy. "Since Pump Station No. 2 is the first station to be activated in the network, we need to conduct this pipe replacement project when the Ohio is at a low level for an extended period of time.”

According to Murphy, the contractor will continue work in the area.

When the pipe project continues, crews will be replacing the discharge pipes that traverse the floodwall levee and rehabilitating various mechanical components of all seven pumps, motors not previously repaired and the replacement of the sluice gate.

The project to rehabilitate Pump Station No. 2 includes the replacement of discharge pipes . (Source: City of Paducah)
The project to rehabilitate Pump Station No. 2 includes the replacement of discharge pipes . (Source: City of Paducah) (Source: City of Paducah)

The city said Pump Station No. 2 has the largest pumping capacity of 313,000 gallons per minute and it is the first station activated when the Ohio River reaches 27.5 feet.

The City of Paducah said is has received $1.4 million in grant funds to partially pay for the rehabilitation work.

The City said it has received a low interest loan through the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) through the Kentucky Energy & Environment Cabinet and Kentucky Infrastructure Authority to pay for the remaining costs.

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