BEREA, Ky. — Two cities and five water utilities in Estill, Garrard and Madison counties are getting $2,754,002 from the Better Kentucky Plan’s $250 million Cleaner Water Program for water projects to provide drinking water and improved sewer and water systems.
In Berea, Gov. Andy Beshear also presented a ceremonial check for $160,982 to Madison County representing Kentucky Transportation Cabinet projects to resurface portions of four roads: Griggs Road ($64,290); Newby Road ($57,672); Old Daniel Boone Road ($24,581); and Cruse Lane ($14,439). He also presented a $189,000 ceremonial check to Garrard County representing a KYTC project to resurface portions of Drakes Creek Road.
In Richmond, Gov. Beshear also presented $1 million to Madison County for the God’s Outreach Food Pantry Distribution Center project. The project includes the acquisition of a property at 950 Four Mile Ave., Richmond, Kentucky, where God’s Outreach will construct a 5,000+ square-foot food and commodity distribution center to serve as central hub for their mobile food pantries. The mobile food pantries serve approximately 1,600 families in the surrounding counties of Estill, Jackson and Lee.
The Cleaner Water Program Projects is funded by the American Rescue Plan Act and administered by the Kentucky Infrastructure Authority (KIA) with $250 million appropriated at the close of the 2021 General Assembly through a bi-partisan agreement for drinking and wastewater projects across Kentucky.
The Bluegrass Area Development District submitted funding requests for the projects to the KIA. These include wastewater treatment plant improvements, the replacement of aged waterlines and the installation of new technology. Examples include:
The Madison County Utilities District will use $608,105 to replace 24,800 feet of deteriorating water line, construct a new pump station and a new water tank at Waco and refurbish the water tank at College Hill. The upgrades will improve efficiency, water capacity and provide a more reliable potable water supply.
The Irvine Municipal Utilities Commission, working with Estill County Water District No. 1, will utilize $518,058 to replace and relocate an old water main located between the CSX railroad and the Kentucky River. The transfer of the line to the west side of the river will provide easier access and remove the line from the CSX right-of-way.
The City of Lancaster in Garrard County will receive $548,802 to construct an additional sewer line and a new wastewater pumping station. The project will replace two aging, overloaded lift stations (Buckeye Pump Station and Hill Court Pump Station).
The Garrard County Sanitation District will receive $50,000 to provide sanitary sewer service to 40 residential customers and businesses in the Paint Lick community.
A full list of awarded projects for the City of Berea, Madison County Utilities District, Southern Madison Water District, Kirksville Water Association, Irvine Municipal Utilities Commission, City of Lancaster and the Garrard County Sanitation District can be found here.
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