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Campbell Station Road extention hits snag

A multi-million dollar capital improvement project in the town has been postponed again.

The Campbell Station Road extension has been pushed back by the Tennessee Department of Transportation from December to February 2004, said town engineer Darryl Smith.

“It has been a succession of postponements,” he said.

The tentative date TDOT originally set to bid out the project for construction was spring 2003, but wetlands on the construction site caused the project to be postponed.

“There are wetlands on the property behind Kroger and former K-Mart (on Kingston Pike),” Smith said.

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation requires wetland mitigation in construction areas, he added.

“Any change to wetlands have to be mitigated with other wetlands,” Smith said.

The town turned in a mitigation plan to TDEC and is currently awaiting approval.

“That has got to be approved and it has been turned in and I believe everything is fine,” Smith said.

Once TDEC approves the town’s mitigation plan, TDOT will let the project.

“I don’t see any reason it won’t be let in February,” Smith said.

If the project is bid out in February 2004, Smith said construction could begin in mid-to-late April 2004.

“It takes a couple months to begin construction,” he said. “It will be a good two months before a contractor is on the job.”

Once construction begins, an extension will be provided from Kingston Pike to Concord Road, south of Pleasant Forest Cemetery, and will include the reconstruction of Concord Road from that point to Turkey Creek Road.

Smith estimated the extension would take two years to construct.

Once completed, the new more than one mile road will have five lanes with sidewalks on each side.

“It’s going to be a connector for the Northshore area to the interstate,” Smith said, “and alleviate most of the congestion around Kroger and Farragut High School.”

The total cost of the project will be around $6 million, Smith added, with the town chipping in half of the total cost.

A Local Interstate Connector grant, approved by TDOT, will cover the remaining $3 million.

“This is the largest capital improvement plan we have done to date,” Smith said.

Through the LIC program, TDOT will manage the right-of-way acquisition and construction phases of the project and the town will be responsible for the cost to develop the project plans and street lighting.

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