PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) — The Paducah City Commission held a workshop to discuss plans for rehabilitating Paducah’s floodwall.
Local news outlets report that Public Works Director Rick Murphy said during Tuesday’s workshop that the floodwall is 22 years past its life expectancy. The wall was built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers between 1939 and 1949 and was intended to last 50 years.
Murphy has been working with the corps over the past several years to move forward with the Local Flood Protection Project, a plan to repair or replace portions of the floodwall system.
Deputy District Engineer Linda Murphy says the rehabilitation process is expected to cost about $25.5 million.
City Manager Jeff Pederson says he hopes the city can begin work on the repairs beginning next fiscal year.