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Interim Town administrator tours construction projects

Interim Town Administrator Gary Palmer toured ongoing and recently completed construction projects in Town limits Monday, July 6.

“You can look at plans, read reports, and hear summaries all day long but until you go out to the site, tour the area, get your hands dirty, talk to the people affected, or just step back and watch how some of these projects work … you can’t truly understand the totality of project and physical dynamics involved,” Palmer said.

“If an issue arises we have to be ready to solve it immediately. That can’t be accomplished from behind the desk,” he added.

He first examined the recently improved Campbell Station Road and Interstate-40/75 interchange, which hopes to help westbound off-ramp traffic and southbound CSR traffic.

The widening of Campbell Station from Jamestowne Boulevard to Parkside Drive is on the docket for construction. TDOT awarded the contract in June.

The controversial Grigsby Chapel Road traffic calming islands were the next stop, where Palmer found issue with the backfill on a few of the islands, noting large rocks in the dirt.

“The first two islands on Grigsby Chapel [from Campbell Station Road] will need new topsoil in the fall. Stone is unacceptable,” Palmer said.

The islands will be landscaped in the fall; reflectors and striping have been completed.

Palmer also visited The Farm at Willow Creek, a subdivision off Evans Road with a faulty storm drainage system that is washing away subterranean rock and soil.

The rushing underground water has caused a road cave-in and other problems. Home sites sit vacant as landowners wait for the problem to be corrected.

“The Town is still in negotiations,” Palmer said. Farragut is involved in litigation with the developer of the subdivision to determine the cause of the problem and who is responsible for fixing it.

Construction on Everett Hills subdivision has halted, which stalls the Town’s plans to widen Everett Road.

McFee Park and the roundabouts on McFee Road also garnered Palmer’s study.

The Interim Town Administrator’s final stop was the recently completed Montgomery walking trail, which will connect Bridgemore and Rockwell Farm subdivisions.

“This trail is constructed through an 80/20 state-funded grant.  I cannot overemphasize the importance of this trail connection in completing our overall Town pedestrian circulation plan,” Palmer said.

“The altruism of Dr. Montgomery, who granted the Town an easement to construct the trail connection, coupled with the hard work and synergy between the community development, parks and leisure services, and engineering departments, illustrates exactly how a plan should be executed to the benefit of the entire community,” he added.

Palmer also commended Community Development Director Ruth Hawk and Parks and Leisure Services Director Sue Stuhl for their work on the project.


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