District Engineering Consultant Ricky Oakley of GRW Engineering said, “If we get the bid in the paper, it would begin on December 19. We can open bids on January 24.” Oakley said that the Kentucky Rural Water Commission and financers for the project said that would be a reasonable timetable for bids.
After receiving and selecting a bid, Oakley said that the Kentucky Public Service Commission would likely take 45 days to give approval. “The sooner we open the bids, the sooner the Public Service Commission can approve the plan.”
Oakley’s best-case timetable schedules construction to begin in the spring of 2008, with the project concluding between January and April of 2009.
District Superintendent Terry Goins said, “I hope we make it through 2008 without it,” referring to the drought of 2007 that taxed water resources to the point where the district asked residents to voluntarily conserve.
Oakley added that additional pieces of the project, including relocation of utility lines due to the widening of Highway 68/80 had not yet been fully planned.
Commissioner R.C. Stallons said that he had heard from the Judge/Executive of Trigg County that the highway project could begin in 2008.
Oakley said that he was awaiting a right-of-way plan from the state to begin the final engineering of the water line replacement.
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