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Everett Road bid awarded

Farragut’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen got good news about a long-awaited road improvement project at its meeting Thursday, Aug. 25.

According to Town Engineer Darryl Smith, TDOT had awarded a bid for a road project at the intersection of Kingston Pike and Everett Road to MacKinnon Construction.

“So that project will get kicked off pretty soon,” he said.

The project includes widening Kingston Pike from four lanes to five (including a center turn lane) at that location, as well as installing a traffic signal at the intersection. TDOT is handling the project, which Smith said was awarded for a little more than $2 million.

Smith also announced he’d received word Knox County had awarded a contract to extend Outlet Drive from its current terminus, just past Cotton Eyed Joe, to Snyder Road and Campbell Station Road.

In other road maintenance news, the Board awarded the Town’s annual street resurfacing contract to APAC-Atlantic Inc. for a low bid of $409,313.50. The roads set to be resurfaced are Aspenwood Drive, Walden View Lane, Hickory Trail, Admiral Drive, Augusta National Way, Royal Birkdale, Herron Road, Campbell Lakes Drive and Dixie View Road.

The project also could include additional resurfacing on Fruitwood Lane, Buroak Circle, Axton Drive and Burgess Drive as the Town’s $500,000 budget permits.

In other business, the Board:

• Approved a contract for landscaping irrigation for McFee Park phases I and II to Little Green Garden Inc. for $34,083.84

Public Works director Bud McKelvey said the irrigation was needed to get grass to grow.

“We just can not get a good stand of grass out there. It gets going but just burns up. It looks like a desert out there now,” he said.

• Approved purchase of a new, 2012 two-wheel drive, half-ton pickup truck to Country Ford for a low bid of $22,874.25 for a Ford F150 with an eight-foot truck bed

• Approved purchase of two new 2011 four-wheel drive Kubota Z3080 four-wheel drive lawnmowers to Tyler Brothers for a low bid of $33,370

• Approved purchase of a two-wheel drive John Deere 997 zero-turn mower to Farragut Lawn & Tractor for a low bid of $12,840

McKelvey said the three mowers would be replacing two the Public Works department already had, including one John Deere wide-area mower that McKelvey said had needed $8,000 in repairs over the past two years.

Although the new mowers would mow in six-foot swaths, rather than in 11-foot swaths as the wide-area mower does, McKelvey said the new mowers would make up for the width quickly because they were faster.


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