Governor Steve Beshear joined local officials today to announce more than $19 million for three community development projects in the city of Flemingsburg in Fleming County. The projects include a new waste water treatment plant, an extension to the Flemingsburg Bypass and a new city fire station.
"Safe and quality infrastructure provides the foundation for our communities to grow and thrive," said Gov. Beshear. "I am thrilled to announce not one but three critical infrastructure projects that are currently underway in Flemingsburg to support the growing community's needs. From an updated water treatment plant to new roads to a larger and more modern fire station, these projects will all have a positive and lasting impact on the residents of Flemingsburg and Fleming County."
WASTE WATER TREATMENT PLANT
The city of Flemingsburg has received a loan of more than $10.6 million from the Kentucky Infrastructure Authority Board for the construction of a new and expanded capacity waste water treatment plant.
The city's current plant does not have sufficient capacity to meet the needs of area residents. It has difficulty maintaining proper effluent limits and has received several "Notices of Violation" from the Kentucky Division of Water.
The new waste water treatment plant will be located on KY 32 in Flemingsburg, adjacent to the existing plant. It will pump more than 1.1 million gallons per day, serving the city's current needs and foreseeable future needs.
FLEMINGSBURG BYPASS EXTENSION
Major construction is now under way on the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet's $8.6 million Flemingsburg Bypass Extension project, Gov. Beshear said today.
The project extends the highway across two miles of open country from the existing bypass intersection at KY 11 north of Flemingsburg over Cherry Grove Road (KY 597) to KY 57 at Sleepy Run Creek.
The road extension will improve safety and reduce congestion through downtown Flemingsburg by providing an alternate travel route for commercial and through traffic using KY 11 and KY 57. It also features center turning lanes along much of the new route, as well as intersection upgrades at existing highways.
Currently, contractors are rebuilding the existing KY 11 intersection and are beginning major earth work along the cross-country corridor. Motorists are advised to watch for warning signs in all construction zones and heed flaggers at all times.
FLEMINGSBURG FIRE STATION
The city of Flemingsburg received a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for the construction of a new area fire station that will meet the needs of the growing community.
Originally constructed in 1969, the current Flemingsburg fire station is located on an unsafe site in the city's floodplain. It is situated over a stream that flows under the structure by way of a box culvert. The culvert has collapsed in another section close to the fire station, raising concerns about the dependability of the culvert at the station.
Additionally, the station's entrance is positioned a few hundred feet away from a hill, forcing firefighters to stop traffic along the busy street outside of the firehouse to allow for the trucks to pull out safely when the department is dispatched.
The new Flemingsburg fire station will offer more space and will be located in a safe location outside of the floodplain along KY 11. The station will be approximately 8,000 square feet and include four drive-through double bays, a decontamination area, a utility room, offices and an easily accessible equipment storage space.
The state's CDBG program is administered by DLG and funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Kentucky's congressional leaders' continued support of the CDBG program ensures the availability of continued funding in Kentucky and nationally.
"I am very proud I could be a part of getting funding for some basic improvement projects for Flemingsburg," said Sen. Walter Blevins. "Providing adequate wastewater treatment facilities, improved roads and better fire protection for our citizens is very important to me. These projects will impact the people who live and work in Flemingsburg and improve their quality of life."
"These are three important projects and they will mean a lot for Flemingsburg, Fleming County, and the surrounding area," said Rep. Mike Denham. "They will allow our community to grow economically, and I appreciate Governor Beshear's support of these projects."