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Ironton engineering department busy

Everyone may know about the major construction projects going on in Ironton, but the city's engineering department has several other endeavors that could mean significant improvements in the city.

City Engineer Philip Biggs brought the Ironton City Council up to speed on all the projects Thursday.

Biggs said everyone in the city has really pulled together to assist the department in any way it needed.

"This has been a really good experience," he said. "The city has some great people across the board."

In addition to plans for a 50,000 square foot metal building in the South Ironton Industrial Park, the Nixon Hill water tank replacement, floodwall improvements at the Center Street Landing,

other projects in the works or under consideration include:

Constructing roads and water lines in the South Ironton Industrial Park.

Making improvements to the pump station and flood gate controls. The motor on one of the floodgates will be replaced.

Developing the top floor of the Ironton City Center so Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital can move 50 administrative jobs from Russell, Ky.

4Paving Rock Avenue from U.S. 52 to the city limits and other projects within the city through ODOT.

Working with ODOT to improve access to Lawrence Street during flooded conditions by creating an access road off of State Route 93.

Working with the CAO to fulfill pay requests and change orders for construction of the new Ironton Fire Station.

Addressing drainage problems in the north end of Ironton.

Developing estimates for building renovations and site development at the Intermet property.

Applying for Issue 2 funds for street paving.

Working with the county to develop a disaster mitigation plan.

Working with ODOT to map property that will be affected by the new Ironton-Russell Bridge.

Councilman Richard Price said it was nice to receive a detailed update on all the projects.

"It is wonderful to be getting all this information like this," he said. "I know everyone from the mayor on down has contributed to this."