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CSR project delays addressed

Town Engineer Darryl Smith spent some time explaining why crews haven’t been working on the Campbell Station Road widening project.

“They’ve not been there since, well, last year,” Smith told Farragut’s Board of Mayor and Alderman Thursday, April 22.

But the project is not the Town’s; it’s TDOT’s.

“The biggest thing I wanted to report is that this project is being managed by TDOT; it is not being managed by our staff,” Smith said.

“The TDOT construction offices are very good at this, and they are more than happy to allow us input, but technically speaking, this project is between the State Department of Transportation and APAC,” he added.

Smith said he was expecting the contractor, APAC Atlantic Inc., to return “any day now,” after APAC reportedly pulled crews from other projects to complete the Cades Cove Loop Road renovations.

Smith added that, as far as he knew, APAC Atlantic hadn’t asked for an extension.

“In my opinion, it’s probably a little behind schedule,” he said, saying the contract called for a completion date of Nov. 30.

“There’s still a lot of construction time left between now and November, so there’s no reason they can’t catch up,” he added.

There are penalties for not completing a project on time, Smith said, but that was between the contractor and TDOT.

“If you really get technical about it, they could do nothing between now and Nov. 29, then show up with 10,000 employees and all kinds of equipment and a miracle occurs and they get done by Nov. 30, then technically they’ve met their completion date,” Smith said.

“But it’s really not something we can push much … but I’m not worried about the completion date at this time,” he added.


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