The Henderson City Commission in its Jan. 23 meeting approved a bid from an Owensboro company to complete reconstruction work on Wathen Lane.
The award for $4.115 million dollars went to Yager Materials.
The work will begin at the intersection of U.S. 60 and will extend along the road to a bit beyond the end of city limits on Wathen Lane, said City Manager William L. “Buzzy” Newman.
Newman said the work will probably begin in early March. Before that, in mid-February, electric signs will be placed on either side of the project to alert commuters of what’s coming, he said.
The project has been going on for “at least six years,” Newman said in the meeting. It is a federal- and state-funded project in which the city must provide a 20% fund match. Newman said the city has sufficient funds to fulfill that match.
The total cost of the project is slated for $6.85 million. Much of that work, including earlier right of way and design work, has already been completed, Newman said in an interview with the Hendersonian.
The current bid award to Yager is for construction of new curbs and gutters, a new asphalt overlay, a walking trail on the road’s south side, and water, utility and fire line relocation, Newman said.
He said there is one more bid involving a construction inspection that has yet to be awarded.
The project is funded by the Federal Highway Administration with funding coming to the city via the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, according to city documents.
If the price were to rise above the budgeted total of $6.85 million, then the city would need to contact federal officials and request the difference, which would be transferred by the state, Newman said. The city would still need to pay 20% of any additional costs over the budgeted amount, he said.
The scheduled completion date is Sept. 24.