Tax Dollars at Work: City of Covington Public Works Project Updates
As a city
approaching its bicentennial, Covington has seen countless infrastructure
improvements and upgrades through the decades. As that infrastructure ages, the
City of Covington Public Works department constantly monitors and repairs
issues as they arise.
officials recently provided an update on public works and engineering projects currently
2018 LMIG Road Paving Project
With 100 miles of paved road in Covington,
street conditions are constantly monitored and rated to determine which areas
are in the most desperate need of resurfacing.
The 2018 Local Maintenance and Improvement
Grant will be responsible for paving eight streets in Covington. The bid for
this project opened June 19, 2018 and will be sent to the council for approval
July 2, 2018. Impacted roads will be milled 1.5 inches and topped with asphalt.
The project is partially funded through a state grant with the city responsible
for matching 30 percent. The estimated cost for the project with a 15 percent
contingency is $350,502.18. Pending council approval, the anticipated start
date is August 1, 2018. Weather permitting, the project is estimated to be
complete in three weeks. Roads to be resurfaced include Cook St., Conyers St.,
Indie Cir., Peoples St., Westview Dr., Gold St., Cannon St., Avery St. and
Carr Circle Drainage Project
flooding issues on Carr Circle is dispensing stormwater over private property.
Carr Circle Drainage Project is a drainage improvement project totaling
fix will include the reconfiguration and re-pouring of curb and gutter to
reroute the stormwater,” said Transportation Manager Brad Stoothoff.
design for this project is complete with an anticipated start of August, 2018
and completion date of November, 2018. The project is paid for through the
storm water utility fee.
Walnut and Lackey Street Project
in the design phase, a deteriorated 48-inch metal culvert will be replaced at
the intersection of Walnut and Lackey Streets. Dangers of not correcting this
issue include sinkhole formation and unstable ground. Scheduled to begin in
September and completed by December, 2018, the budget for the project is projected
at $45,000 and will be paid for from storm water utility fees.
Covington Housing Authority Drainage
City of Covington is partnering with the Covington Housing Authority to
complete a $1 million drainage project. The city is responsible for $100,000
used to fix underground deteriorated drainage pipes which were installed in the
1970s. The project will be paid for with storm water utility fees.
Mill Street Culvert Cleaning
five years ago, $200,000 was spent to replace an aging metal culvert under Mill
Street. While that repair has worked as planned, sediment is accumulating at
the headwall of the four-foot by eight-foot culvert that was installed,
blocking drainage flow. Removal of the sediment is scheduled to take place on
July 1, 2018 at a cost of $8,500. The project will be paid for with stormwater
DWSRF Water Main Replacement Project
Enters Final Stage
Drinking Water State Revolving Fund water main replacement project is an
ongoing $6 million venture consisting of three different phases. The goal of
project is to replace aged water mains and install 51 fire hydrants, as well as
other related appurtenances. Some of the water main being replaced is estimated
to be 100-years old. Replacement began in the summer of 2014, and the city has
used separate contractors for each phase.
final phase has a budget of $1.5 million and by the end of the year,
approximately 70,000-feet of two, six and eight-inch galvanized and asbestos
cement water mains will be replaced.
to City of Covington Public Works Director, Tres Thomas, the crew is "on
schedule and the project will be completed within 2018."
Mason Drive and Todd Drive area have recently been completed and crews will
soon move to Brown Bridge Road to complete the project.
Scarlett Drive Drainage Project
Scarlett Drive drainage improvement project is a recently completed task in
Brown Bridge Crossing. Approximately 110-feet of 24-inch drainage pipe was
replaced, as the prior structure had become deteriorated, creating a sinkhole.
The project was completed for $15,000 and paid for from storm water utility