Contract awarded to stabilize landslide by school

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky has awarded a contract to stabilize a landslide threatening the only access to a Bell County school.

The Division of Abandoned Mine Lands says bids for the project in the southeastern Kentucky county were opened this month. The low bid of $2.13 million was submitted by Jackson and Jackson Reclamation Services from Clay County.

The project estimate was nearly $2.6 million, and the average of five bids submitted was $2.5 million.

The project will stabilize the landslide through construction of concrete retaining walls tied into bedrock with 30-inch diameter concrete caissons.

Excess soil from the project will help cap a nearby landfill.

The Division of Abandoned Mine Lands says the project is a priority because of the threat to Bell Central School Center.

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