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Stimulus funding for pipe on I-64 November 3 2009

Tuesday November 3, 2009

Stimulus Funding Helps Launch Louisville Water Company Project

LOUISVILLE, KY (November 3, 2009) Louisville Water Company (LWC) has broken ground on a pipeline transmission project that is funded in part by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. LWC President and CEO Greg Heitzman, Louisville Metro Mayor Jerry Abramson and others took part in the ground breaking Tuesday morning at the start of the pipeline project on English Station Way.

The project in east Louisville Metro includes over five miles of 36-inch water main along Interstate 64 from the Gene Snyder Freeway to the Jefferson/Shelby County line. It also includes a new pump station and storage tank to improve water pressure and fire protection. “LWC is grateful for the stimulus funds to supplement this project,” said Greg Heitzman, President and CEO of LWC. “This new infrastructure will serve an area that has seen rapid residential and commercial growth in the past 15 years. The project also positions LWC to provide an additional supply of drinking water to Shelby and Franklin Counties.”

LWC received $4 million in stimulus funding for the pipeline. The project will create an estimated 164 jobs to build the transmission main, pump station and storage tank. The total project budget is $20.5 million dollars.

“This new pipeline will not only improve water service for eastern Louisville, it will create jobs when we need them most,” Louisville Metro Mayor Jerry Abramson said. “Louisville is expected to receive $300 million in stimulus funding — and that money is helping improve every corner of our city.”

The Kentucky Infrastructure Authority awarded the stimulus funds to LWC as part of a loan program to upgrade water and sewer infrastructure across the state. The water main portion will be complete in the fall of 2010; the pump station and storage tank will be complete in 2011.