Date of release: March 2, 2022
The City of Paducah is accepting bids for the Buckner Lane Bridge Replacement Project. This comprehensive project improves the two-lane section of Buckner Lane between Hansen Road and Pecan Drive and replaces the dilapidated bridge that has been affected by flooding and severe weather events.
The project includes the replacement of Buckner Lane bridge over Crooked Creek near the intersection with Buckner Lake Circle and the installation of a new culvert under Oakcrest Drive near the intersection with Buckner Lane. This project will improve stormwater conditions in the area by reducing the number of times Crooked Creek comes out of its banks due to severe storm events.
City Engineer Rick Murphy said, “The Buckner Lane Bridge Replacement project was identified during the Comprehensive Stormwater Master Planning process. Since the bridge’s opening will be enhanced, it will improve the flow during flood conditions and reduce the number of times that floodwaters overtop the roadway. With the Board of Commissioner’s approval in expanding the project area to include the culvert at Oakcrest and overall roadway improvements, the City’s expectations will be that this neighborhood will be pleased with the reduction in flooding during high rain events.”
The bid opening for this project is March 23. The plan is to bring a construction contract before the Paducah Board of Commissioners in April with a notice to proceed given after approval. The expectation is for the project to be completed in either late 2022 or early 2023.
Regarding funds, the City applied for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Disaster Relief Funding for the Buckner Lane bridge project after flooding and severe weather events in 2018. FEMA has obligated nearly $330,000 in Public Assistance funding for the project with the State providing nearly $53,000. The City also is using a portion of the $4 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding that the City set aside for stormwater projects.