Paducah pauses Riverfront Project, pays additional money


Reporter - Elizabeth Fields
Photojournalist - Mason Watkins

PADUCAH, Ky. - Paducah City Commissioners voted 4-1 to pay an additional $50,000 to ensure the "orderly shutdown" doesn't put the paused Riverfront Project in any jeopardy.

Before the vote, City Engineer Rick Murphy answered more questions and drew a diagram on a white board to help explain. Murphy explained that the contractor was placing rock within the limits of the project this summer, but the city ran out of rock. The options were either to buy more rock to finish this phase of the project or begin an orderly shutdown of the project.  

Since the City decided on the orderly shutdown, the contractor still needs to decrease the steepness of the rock slope so that the project will be stable for the future.

Commissioner Richard Abraham said he doesn't think the city should have to shell out that money, that the contractor should.

Commissioner Allen Rhodes said even though he's against the project, he couldn't vote against protecting their investment.

City Manager Jeff Pedersen told Local 6 MAC Construction should have crews out in a couple of days and that it should only take a couple of days to complete.

All work on the project will then stop until next year when the commission and the Paducah Riverfront Redevelopment Authority (PRDA) board make a recommendation about how the project should proceed.