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Grigsby ‘islands’ contract awarded; Virtue Road to be widened

Road projects across Town are gaining steam, or at least funding, after Farragut’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting, Thursday, Dec. 11.

Board members awarded a contract to Mark McKinnon Construction for construction of the Grigsby Chapel Road traffic calming islands, in the amount of $176,492.

Wyndham Hall resident Mul Wyman lauded the Board for its work on the islands.

“I’m looking forward to this construction,” Wyman said.

“I think this is proceeding very timely,” he added.

The Board also approved proposals for engineering services for improving Virtue Road to Robert G. Campbell and Associates for no more than $61,000.

The project would include widening Virtue Road to have two 12-foot lanes with curb and gutter and sidewalks or walking trails.

According to Town Engineer Darryl Smith, the road project was not eligible for federal funding through the Transportation Planning Organization due to budget limits.

If it were pursued with all local funding, the cost would be about $12 million, Smith estimated, adding the project likely would be split into two or three sections between Turkey Creek Road and Kingston Pike. All in all, completion of any improvements could take as much as 15 years.

“This is an extremely expensive set of projects,” Smith said.

Mayor W. Edward “Eddy” Ford III asked why Smith didn’t extend the project to Boyd Station Road.

He asked Campbell, who was present, to include improvements to Boyd Station Road in his engineering plans and to return at the January Board meeting.

The Board also approved a sidewalk tie, pictured right, between Belleaire Drive and Shiloh condominiums. The existing sidewalk, built in 2001, needs to be tied into the sidewalk in front of First Baptist Concord after the construction of New Belleaire Drive.

The grades of the two sidewalks are different, so a portion of sidewalk must be torn out and reinstalled.

“It will really clean up this portion of sidewalk,” Smith said.

Total cost of the project is $14,706.

The Board also agreed to participate in cost of installing a box culvert extension off Kingston Pike near Ingles Market.

The box culvert is needed to complete a sidewalk running along Kingston Pike. It was to be completed when Farragut Professional Park was built, but the contractor of the site has left and “is not expected to return,” Smith said.

Instead, Ingles’ contractor is being asked to complete the project, with cost share between the Town and Larry Click.

Town will pay $10,403.

In other road construction, the Board:

• approved proposals for right-of-way acquisition services for Kingston Pike improvements near Everett Road. Butler Appraisal Group, LLC, will appraise the right-of-way properties for $7,500. Dunn & Metz will review appraisals for a fee of $3,500, or $500 per tract. RES, LLC will acquire right-of-way for a cost of $16,650.

The services were split between three groups per TDOT requirements.

• approved participating in the cost of Everett Road improvements from Smith Road to Everett Hills subdivision, for one-third of the total cost, or a maximum of $550,000.


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