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Farragut roadwork progresses

Farragut residents should be cautious while traveling in certain areas of town due to ongoing road projects.

Town engineer Darryl Smith said the McFee Road project is proceeding as scheduled.

“They’re doing the grading work out there right now,” he said. “The road is closed to through traffic from Boyd Station Road up to Evans Road.”

Smith said the contractor, Renfro Construction Company, is improving the road from the roundabout all the way out to Boyd Station Road. The improvements would expand the existing lanes from about nine feet each to 12 feet and include curb and gutter. The improvements would include a sidewalk on the west side of the road, he said.

Smith said the project is being funded with monies from the Surface Transportation Program and is done as an 80/20 split with the state.

Completion date is expected to be June 2007, Smith said.

Presently, residents are seeing work on an area of Virtue Road that appears to have suffered a little damage.

“First Utility District is completing repairs on a water pipeline on a section of pipe that runs from about Turkey Creek Road to just a little north of Vista subdivision,” Smith said.

Smith said the road would be patched and resurfaced, a task that could be completed by the end of November. It would be resurfaced from the “S” curve all the way back to Turkey Creek Road.

Smith said Virtue Road was slated to be resurfaced this year, but the town delayed work when FUD notified them of the impending water line repair.

Construction on the Smith Road sidewalk project has been slightly delayed. Construction could begin on 1,700 feet of sidewalk within the next couple of weeks.

, but he expects residents in the construction area will face no major inconvenience.

“In the short term, there could be lane closures for short periods of time,” he said in the past.

“It really shouldn’t be too hard on residents,” said Casey Wood, assistant town engineer. “Residents will have other avenues to get around the construction.”

Smith said construction of the sidewalk would begin at the intersection of Smith Road and Grigsby Chapel Road and extend to the intersection of Smith Road and Andover Road.

“We’re going to be putting in a five-foot sidewalk with curb and gutter,” Smith said. “What we’re doing will enhance the value of the area.”

The project was let to Rich Construction for a cost of a little more than $500,000.


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