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Campbell Station Road extension dead ends again

The biggest capital improvement project the town has ever undertaken has been postponed yet again.

The Campbell Station Road extension has been pushed back by the Tennessee Department of Transportation from February to March.

“We are still waiting to receive all environmental permits,” said town engineer Darryl Smith.

The tentative date TDOT originally set to bid out the project for construction was spring 2003, but wetlands located behind the Kroger and Kmart properties on Kingston Pike caused the project to be postponed.

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

The town staff has since turned in a mitigation plan to TDEC.

The town has experienced what Smith said was a series of postponements by TDOT concerning this project.

“This thing has been put off ‘umpteen’ times since last spring,” he added.

Smith said there is a possibility the project could be pushed back even further.

“It could be postponed as much as one to three months more,” he said. “It’s still foggy out there.”

Permit processing could cause further delays, he added.

“Given the amount of time it takes to process permits, it could be postponed beyond (March),” Smith said.

Once the project is bid out, Smith said it could be two months before construction would begin.

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 has 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 in the Oct. 30, 2003, edition of the farragutpress, “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.

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