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Campbell Station Road extension on track despite delays


Renfro Construction crews began paving the Campbell Station Road extension the week of Oct. 17, but Farragut residents cannot expect the extension to open officially before spring 2006.

Town engineer Darryl Smith said that despite delays and a delayed completion date, Renfro Construction is ahead of schedule on the project, which is supposed to be completed by July 2006.


Smith said, “There will be substantial completion, meaning we’ll be driving on it, I guess sometime in the spring.”

Lane shifts have already begun onto a portion of the extension off Concord Road.

Smith said shifting will allow construction crews to tear out a portion of Concord Road to bring it to the proper grade.

“They will be shifting between Turkey Creek Road and Concord Road intersection,” Smith said.

“When they decide to allow traffic to come up by Municipal Town Hall, I can’t tell you that,” Smith added. “My guess is it could happen very shortly. Once they get it paved and the roadway ready, there’s still going to be work to be done outside the roadway. The contractor may not be ready to allow traffic, they like to be able to work out there and not dodge cars. I can’t give you a real answer of when they’ll actually open it up.”

The Campbell Station Road extension will be one mile from Kingston Pike to Concord Road, south of Pleasant Forest Cemetery.

Smith said the extension will give drivers a “direct shot” from Northshore and Concord roads to the Interstate off of Campbell Station Road.

This will alleviate congestion on Kingston Pike between Concord Road and Campbell Station Road, Smith added.

“The fact is, this [section of Concord Road] could never be widened, mostly because of the cemetery,” Smith said.

The extension will have five lanes with sidewalks on each side.

The total cost of the project will be about $6 million and the town of Farragut is paying half of the costs. The remaining $3 million dollars is being paid by a Local Interstate Connector grant from TDOT.

Through the grant program, TDOT will manage right-of-way acquisition and construction phases. The town was responsible for developing the project plans and is providing street lighting.

 

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