You Asked: What is the pipeline work being done along Glenns Creek Road?

A stretch of land along Glenn’s Creek Road has been undergoing construction to replace a sewer line in need of repair and additional capacity. (David Hamilton | The State Journal)

For months, those driving along Glenns Creek Road have been likely to encounter construction work in the area near where the railroad tracks cross the road.

A State Journal reader asked what exactly is going on that warrants all this work. The answer is that a pivotal sewer line that has not been updated since the 1980s is being replaced.

“It’s basically replacing what we call our Glenns Creek interceptor sewer,” said Katie Beard, water quality engineer for the Frankfort Sewer Department.

The Glenns Creek interceptor is a main trunk line in the sewer system that starts near Versailles Road and conveys flow to the river crossing near Fourth Street, according to the agenda for the Frankfort City Commission’s April 25 specially called meeting at which the project was approved. The line was installed in the 1960s and updated in the 1980s, but the growth of east Frankfort since then has brought the interceptor to near overcapacity. Additionally, the concrete pipe installed in the 1980s had also degraded substantially and was causing structural issues, according to the agenda.

As the lowest qualified bid from submissions made in March, Hayes Pipe Supply Inc. was awarded a contract to supply the piping for about $366,000 while Tribute Contracting and Consultants LLC won the contract to perform the work for about $2.5 million, though both of those figures include 10 percent contingencies. South Point, Ohio-based Tribute’s bid beat out six others, the highest of which came in at more than $4.5 million, the agenda shows. The Nashville-based Hayes Pipe Supply has offices in Lexington and Louisville.

Not only is the project to rehabilitate the condition of the piping but also to increase the line’s capacity by upsizing the pipes, Beard said.

The city budgeted for the project under the sewer construction account and used funds received from a Kentucky Infrastructure Authority loan.

The construction is slated to be completed by June 11 if everything goes according to schedule.

“And right now, everything is (on schedule),” Beard said.

The work is taking place between the Frankfort Cemetery and Capitol View Park.

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