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McFee Road: 3 months to go

Construction on McFee Road from the round-about to Boyd Station Road is still being held up due to issues with utilities and could take as long as three months to complete.

Town engineer Darryl Smith said, “Some utility poles owned by T–D–S [Telephone and Data Systems Telecom] have been the biggest hold up.”

Jerry Parkerson, spokesman for TDS, told farragutpress that its issues on McFee Road have been resolved.

Smith added that a portion of a water line placed by First Utility District during phase one of construction at McFee Road was not placed deep enough and is in the process of being moved now.

“The water line has not been a really big hold-up. It is an issue that has just come up recently and it is being handled,” he said.

Relocation of utility poles has been an ongoing issue during the construction.

Robert Hill, senior vice president of Renfro Construction, told farragutpress in March 2007 the same utility poles were prohibiting pouring of sidewalks and that they were due to be moved that week.

The poles and aerial lines have yet to be moved.

Construction, which began in 2004, is now in it’s second phase, which is being done with federal funding and is managed by Tennessee Department of Transportation.

Smith said, “The old road was more rural and needed improvement in alignment and it needed to be widened. It’s being replaced with two 12-foot lanes, a curb and gutter, a sidewalk and a walking trail.”

Smith added that the construction would probably be complete by late fall 2007.

A TDOT project status report issued September 2007 stated the project was estimated to be complete June 2007.

Pat Akans, an employee of Renfro Construction, said the company had received an extension from TDOT and hoped to have the project completed by December 2007.

Though the project could take up to six months longer than was originally projected to complete, Smith said the town should not be responsible for additional funding.

“Typically, with a delay like this, all of the cost is based on the unit price bid for each of the items used in the construction. I am not aware of anything right now that will add additional cost to the town,” he said.

Smith added that he has not had any serious complaints from the community about the hold-up.

“Certainly everyone is looking forward to this project being completed. I am sure that everyone who lives out there and was expecting it to be completed mid-summer is pretty disappointed that it is going to take a few months longer,” he said.


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