Governor Steve Beshear's Communications Office
Governor Beshear announces rehab for Kentucky Ave. in Paducah

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, October 29, 2014  
Revision Date:  Thursday, October 30, 2014 
Contact Information:  Kerri Richardson
Terry Sebastian

Project will solve utility issues at same time

PADUCAH, Ky. – Governor Steve Beshear today announced a project that will accomplish two important goals in Paducah – the badly needed rehabilitation of a mile of Kentucky Avenue, coupled with the relocation of water, sewer and gas lines that run at a shallow depth beneath the street.

Gov. Beshear said the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is aiming to put the project out for bids in January. Meantime, the cabinet is working with the local government and the affected utilities to determine the cost and scope of relocations.

“Our engineers in the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet saw this as an opportunity to accomplish two goals with one project and have worked closely with the city and the utility companies to carry it out,” Gov. Beshear said. “The end result will be a much-improved, mile-long section of Kentucky Avenue whose needs go far beyond what the public is able to see on the surface.”

The project area is 1.01 miles long, between Kentucky Avenue’s intersections with Otis Dinning Drive and Walter Jetton Boulevard. The plan is to remove the old asphalt and replace it with full-depth concrete pavement. Curbs and gutters also would be reconstructed to improve drainage.

At the same time, utility lines for Paducah Water Co., Paducah-McCracken Joint Sewer Agency and Atmos Energy Co. would be relocated.

“I appreciate Governor Beshear and the Transportation Cabinet for working with us to make this road better and safer for our citizens and to help our downtown’s economic development,” said Rep. Gerald Watkins of Paducah. “This really means a lot to our community, and I’m proud to support it.”

“Kentucky Avenue is a main state road that takes people in and out of downtown Paducah. Improvements to the pavement, curbs, gutters, and drainage are important to the citizens who travel it daily,” said Paducah Mayor Gayle Kaler. “I’m proud of the partnership the City of Paducah has with the state in working to keep Paducah’s roads safe. The state’s improvements to Kentucky Avenue coupled with the work underway by the City to rehabilitate a segment of Broadway will provide much need enhancements to Paducah’s infrastructure.”