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Pipeline causes McFee Road closure

A recent construction project that closed McFee Road for a few days caused little inconvenience to the residents in that area, residents said.

Plantation Pipeline Company closed the section of McFee Road between Allen Kirby Road and McFee Manor subdivision for about a week as a work crew exposed and reinforced a petroleum pipe.

Robin Taylor, an inspector with Plantation Pipeline, said the crew was reinforcing the pipeline prior to the road project that will improve McFee Road between the roundabout and Boyd’s Station Road.

“We’re going to put a little concrete reinforcement around it to protect it,” he said.

Farragut Community Development Director Ruth Hawk said the pipeline was built around World War II and carries petroleum from Atlanta to a distribution station on Middlebrook Pike.

“Several months ago, the town requested the company do this at a time when it would cause the least amount of inconvenience,” she said. “They chose to do it at this time because of the town’s request and spring break wouldn’t cause any problems for the bus routes.”

Shari Cox, who deals with environmental issues for Farragut, said there was little concern for any environmental impact of the work.

“The company has to get permits from T-DEC to do this type of work,” she said. “All of our engineers have been down there and are keeping a close eye on the it.”

Farragut residents in the area took the matter in stride.

“It’s all part of the growth in West Knoxville,” said Fred Jones, a McFee Road resident whose front yard is adjacent to the pipeline construction site.

Jones, also a member of the Farragut Municipal Planning Commission, said he is looking forward to the completion of the project.

“It’s causing a lot of inconvenience,” he said.

Kyle Phillips, president of the Herons Pointe Homeowners Association, said he wasn’t troubled by the road closure.

“I’ve found it’s just as quick to go down Virtue Road as it is to go through McFee Road,” he said. “I haven’t really noticed any problems or heard of any problems caused by the work.”

Phillips said he did not receive any type of notification from the town or see any notices that the work was going to take place.

Farragut Leisure Services Director Sue Stuhl said the town placed notification of the McFee Road closure on Channel 3 of the Charter cable service beginning on Friday, March 17.


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