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McFee Road project nears completion


The expansion of McFee Road from the round-about to Boyd Station Road has suffered a slight slowdown, but Renfro Construction officials, the company expanding the road, said they would be finished within contract deadlines.

Renfro Construction senior vice president Robert Hill said the moving of telephone poles has slowed their progress.

“We have been doing this project in two phases,” he said. “We’re going from Boyd Station Road to Evans Road and from Evans Road back to the roundabout.”

Hill said the section of road between Boyd Station and McFee roads is pretty much

complete.

“We’re ready for asphalt paving as soon as the asphalt plants open back up,” he said. “We still have to pour the sidewalk. The problem we’re having with that is we’re waiting to have T-D-S poles and aerial lines moved.”

Hill said the company is expected to start moving poles this week.

“We had hoped to be a little further along than this,” Hill said.

Another delay was caused by a need to move a gas pipeline. The company moved the pipeline away from the road last summer, but they didn’t bury the pipeline deep enough.

Town engineer Darryl Smith said the contractor is improving the 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 a 80/20 split with the state.

The completion date is June of this year and Hill said Renfro expects to meet that deadline.

 

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