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It’s open: McFee Road reopens with little fanfare


After two years of construction and six months of battles with Telephone Data Systems , the expansion of McFee Road from the roundabout to Boyd Station Road is finally completed.

“I believe that most people are pretty pleased with the outcome at this point. I know it had to be pretty frustrating for a while when it seemed it was never going to be completed, overall I think it has been worth the wait,” Town engineer Darryl Smith said.

Renfro Construction, the company contracted to complete the project, was forced to delay the project by about six months last spring because utility poles owned by TDS were not being relocated as was necessary to the project.

“In this case it was certainly not the contractor’s fault,” Smith said. “[If delays] are not the responsibility of the contractors, they are not assessed any liquidated damages. All of the issues with utilities have been worked out and the construction is finished out there.”

In a previous interview with farragutpress, Robert Hill, senior vice president of Renfro Construction said the utility poles were prohibiting the pouring of the sidewalks.

The poles were scheduled to have been moved in March, but TDS crews did not actually move the poles until September.

McFee Road now boasts two round-abouts.

The second round-about is adjacent to what will eventually become McFee Road Park.

“That roundabout has been planned for about seven or eight years,” Smith said.

“It has McFee Road on two legs, McFee Road Park on one, and the entrance to a farm on one,” Smith said.

Though there are still signs up on the road warning of construction, Smith said the only thing left is to place sod in some bare patches.

“When I was out there last week they were still installing sod. If you see any bare areas, they are still installing sod. It has been a tough year for people who produce sod because of the drought through the summer, so it has been difficult to get sod in and they have been actively pursuing that for some time. But everything is pretty much complete.”

 

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