LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Louisville Metro Mayor Jerry Abramson was on hand for a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday for a Louisville Water Company project partially funded by stimulus money from the federal government.
Crews will now begin installing a 36-inch water main along Interstate 64 from the Gene Snyder to the Jefferson-Shelby County line. That work will take one year, and it will be followed by a new water pumping station and storage tank slated for completion in the spring of 2011.
The project will cost $20.5 million, with $4 million of that coming from federal stimulus dollars.
"We have been planning this for a number of years because of the growth in eastern Jefferson County," said Louisville Water Company CEO Greg Heitzman. "What we ended up doing is we sized the line to be able to accommodate the growth we expect over the next 20 to 25 years, and the stimulus money came along at just the right time."
For years, many east end home and business owners have complained of low water pressure and these improvement should help fix that. Between this project - and two others partially funded by stimulus money - 179 jobs will be created.