"Orderly Shutdown" of Riverfront Project requires more money
PADUCAH, Ky. - Paducah City Commissioners agreed to let the contractor with the Riverfront Development Project's contract expire. Tuesday night, they learned that move is going to cost them more money.
City Engineer Rick Murphy told the commissioners the stability of the project could be in jeopardy if left as is. Since the project is not at its designed height, MAC needed to do additional grading and slope work to stabilize the project.
Essentially, the slope of the rocks is too steep and it could cause distress on the river bottom.
The Paducah Riverfront Redevelopment Authority (PRDA) is reviewing the project. The board will take a look at the objectives, the funding, and engineering conditions. The board’s ultimate goal is to make a recommendation on the best way to move forward.
The majority of this phase of the riverfront project is funded by a $2.97 million Neighborhood Initiative Project Grant by the Department of Housing and Urban Development so Murphy added that the "clock is ticking" for a decision.