Construction of the relocated Grundy Fire Station was completed in December 2002 by Ross Brothers Construction Company at a cost of $1.5M. Relocation of the fire station was necessary since it was located along Slate Creek in the downtown area in the path of the ringwall.
Construction of the 13-acre floodsafe redevelopment site was completed in December 2004 by Bush & Burchett, Inc. at a cost of $28.8M. It included blasting, excavation and removal of approximately 2.4 million cubic yards of material (enough to fill 68 football fields to a height of 20 feet), relocation of 3,800 feet of railroad track, and construction of a 1,500-foot long river walk. The Town of Grundy began development of the site in 2005 with the installation of utilities, and continues its development with plans for a parking garage, retail buildings, and several restaurants. Additional access to the site to facilitate the town’s redevelopment was provided through construction of a new bridge, which was completed in January 2005 by Orders Construction Company at a cost of $1.8M. A pedestrian bridge connecting the redevelopment site to downtown Grundy was also constructed. It was completed by TAB Construction Company in October 2010 at a cost of $1.2M.
U.S. 460 Highway
VDOT awarded construction of the downtown phase of the U.S. 460 highway relocation in April 2006 to Bizzack, Inc. In addition to improving the flow of traffic in and around Grundy, the highway was constructed so that it will serve as a levee to provide flood protection in conjunction with the ringwall for the existing downtown area.
TAB Construction Company began construction of Phase I of the ringwall in May 2006. This $5.6M contract included approximately 800 linear feet of floodwall, a roller gate closure at Walnut Street and a storm water pump station. Phase II of the ringwall, also referred to as the “levee/ringwall tie-in”, was constructed after Phase I was complete and connects the ringwall to the VDOT highway embankment/levee. Phase II includes approximately 200 linear feet of floodwall and a roller gate closure at Main Street. Phase II was completed by TAB Construction Company in September 2009.
Project Name in Appropriations Bill
Levisa and Tug Forks of the Big Sandy River and Upper Cumberland River Project Authorization: Energy and Water Development Appropriation Act of 1981 (PL 96-367), Section 202; as amended by the Water Resources Development Act of 1996 (PL 104-303) Section 352.
Town of Grundy, Virginia, and Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT)
Grundy is located in Buchanan County in southwestern VA, approximately 17 miles east of Elkhorn City, KY, and approximately 17 miles northeast of Haysi, Virginia. It is situated at the confluence of Slate Creek and the Levisa Fork.
Norfolk Southern Railway, Buchanan County Public Service Authority, and Grundy Industrial Development Authority
Grundy has been subject to repeated flooding since its establishment in the late 1850's. In April 1977, the flood of record caused the death of three people and millions of dollars in damages. The scope of the project is limited to those residential and nonresidential structures contained within the April 1977 floodplain and backwater areas of the Levisa Fork and Slate Creek within the corporate limits of the Town of Grundy, Virginia. The April 1977 flood (approx. a 100-year frequency event in Grundy) damaged an estimated 228 residential and nonresidential structures. The Water Resources Development Act of 1996 (P.L. 104-303) directed the Corps to proceed with the implementation of the Grundy project as authorized by Section 202 of the 1981 Water and Energy Appropriations Act in accordance with Plan 3A, as set forth in the preliminary draft Detailed Project Report dated August 1993. The Project Cooperation Agreement (PCA) was executed August 10, 1998.
Primary components of the project include voluntary floodproofing and floodplain evacuation program for those flood-prone structures not impacted by VDOT mandatory acquisition, protection of a portion of the Central Business District (CBD) by means of a ringwall / levee, opportunity for community redevelopment on a prepared floodsafe site, relocation of the public facilities including the fire station and police station and upgrade of U.S. 460 to four-lane highway through the town.
The construction contract for the redevelopment site preparation was awarded in April 2001 and completed in December 2004. The construction contract for the access bridge was awarded in September 2003 and completed in January 2005. The construction contract for the Phase I of the ringwall was awarded in February 2006. Phase 1 construction of the ringwall began in May 2006 and was completed in February 2008. Construction of Phase II of the ringwall (levee / ringwall tie-in portion) began in May 2008 and was completed in September 2009. The Pedestrian Bridge construction contract was awarded in September 2009 and completed in October 2010. The voluntary floodproofing and acquisition phase of the project also continues: 24 structures have been successfully floodproofed with one currently under construction. Twenty tracts have been acquired to date.