FRANKFORT, Ky. — Gov. Andy Beshear announced Friday the approval of two project loans from the Kentucky Infrastructure Authority (KIA), which is attached to the Department for Local Government (DLG), for wastewater and sewer system improvements in the cities of Bedford and Pineville.
“Every city and county in Kentucky should have reliable wastewater and sewer systems” said Beshear. “I’m glad these two cities can make necessary updates and provide more reliable service to their communities.”
DLG Commissioner and Chair of the KIA Board Dennis Keene mentioned how important these projects are to improving local communities. “Our purpose is to provide resources to local governments so they can better serve everyone in the commonwealth,” said Keene. “With today’s projects we are helping provide reliable service to more than 1,000 Kentuckians.”
The city of Bedford was approved for a $909,500 Fund A loan for the Bedford Wastewater System Improvements Project. With the loan, the city will replace three outdated wastewater pump stations. These improvements will extend the operating life of the stations, prevent system overflows and ensure uninterrupted water access for 320 customers, including Trimble County High School and Elementary School.
“I really appreciate KIA for understanding the issues we’ve had with our system and helping us get this resolved because it will be great for the community,” said Bedford Mayor Joe Robinson. “I am so ecstatic about this project and want to thank KIA, Clay Kelly, Danielle Story and Justin Carter for their help in getting this loan approved.”
The city of Pineville was approved for a $2,454,000 Fund A loan for the Virginia Avenue/Courthouse Square Utility Replacements project. The city will use the funding to separate the existing storm and sanitary sewer systems in the area surrounding the Courthouse, serving 802 customers. Upon completion, the city will construct and install approximately 4,430 linear feet of gravity sewer line and 4088 linear feet of storm sewers, new storm sewer inlets, new curb and gutters and will replace existing sidewalks.
“We are excited to get this project moving after years of hard work,” said Pineville Mayor Scott Madon. “It’s especially satisfying and gratifying during these tough times and we really appreciate Gov. Beshear and everyone at DLG and KIA for their help making this project happen.”