What’s going on with the sewer project in Veteran’s Park?

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – For the last nine months, a portion of Veteran’s Park and some people’s backyards have been a construction zone while the city installs a new sewer pipeline.

It’s all part of a larger-scale project to replace aging lines throughout the entire city of Lexington and Fayette County.

The project underway in Veteran’s Park is called the West Hickman ‘Trunk A’ line and construction on it began in August of 2014.

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But over the past few weeks, work on ‘Trunk A’ has stopped and local residents tell ABC 36 News they haven’t received any information or communication from the city with an explanation on what’s going on.

“The trucks have not moved at all, they’ve just been sitting there,” says Ron Thompson. His home backs up to the construction project in Veteran’s Park. We caught up with him when he was walking his dog Precious.

“It’s very frustrating for me. My dog wakes me up at 3:30 in the morning and we’re one of the first out here.” Thompson says. “It is just an eyesore.”

So what’s going on? We tried reaching out to the city, but no one returned our calls. ABC 36’s Paris Lewbel and photographer Jordan Fuller headed to the West Hickman Sanitary Plant to find out.

We spent nearly 30 minutes on the plant knocking on different doors before we found someone.

But, the man we found didn’t have any answers and told us we needed to come back when a manager was at the office.

On Wednesday night, the city was already scheduled to hold a meeting about another project at the plant. We headed to that meeting at Veteran’s Park Elementary to get some answers about the project in Veteran’s Park.

We weren’t the only ones who showed up at the meeting looking for answers, members of the community and neighbors to the project showed up to express their frustration.

The project was supposed to originally be done in May, according to the city’s website. According to city officials tonight, it was recently pushed back until the end of June.

“The real official timeline is still a little fuzzy,” says Mike Sweeny, the president of Cumberland Hill Neighborhood Association. “Coming here tonight and finding out that the timeline [could be] September and then possibly December, [and] now early next year, it’s very frustrating.”

“Unfortunately there’s not much I really can say about West Hickman Trunk A without addressing our legal counsel,” says Jennifer Myatt with Lexington’s Department of Environmental Quality and Public Works.

The city says there is no time table right now about when the project is going to start back up.