EMS HQ to be protected from TDOT's widening

Friday, May 29, 2009

The Tennessee Department of Transportation is taking steps toward buying land for the widening of Ellington Parkway.

"It will affect our Emergency Medical Service headquarters somewhat," County Mayor Joe Boyd Liggett told the commissioners. "We'll have to stay on top of this."

Liggett's concern is over ambulance exit and return to their garages that face State Route 106 just north of Spring Place Road. The county's EMS Committee is to meet at 4 p.m. Monday at the ambulance station.

"A survey crew will be out to stake the proposed right of way and easements for the benefit of the appraiser and the property owner," J.N. Payne, a state transportation manager wrote to Ligget late last week.

The South Ellington Parkway project is from south of Spring Place Road (State Route 272) to north of West Commerce Street (Fayetteville Highway, State Route 50, U.S. 431). The widening of that 1.2-mile section is listed for work in Fiscal Year 2010.

"This has been in the works for 4-5 years," City Manager Eddie Fuller said.

Delays included the illness and subsequent death of a TDOT project manager who'd been assigned to the project, Fuller said.

Julie Oaks, spokeswoman for TDOT, said bids will be opened for the bypass widening project in fiscal year 2010 that starts on July 1.

Meanwhile, the New Columbia Highway (State Route 50) is being resurfaced "between the Maury County line and US-431 (State Route 106, Franklin Pike)," Oaks said. "This work should be completed by June 30."

The contract was awarded on March 27 to Lincoln Paving Co. which bid $549,374 for the job, Oaks said.

And as previously reported here, TDOT has a "project that is getting ready to be underway in Marshall County," Oaks confirmed.

It's to widen State Route 373 (Mooresville Highway) from Interstate 65 to State Route 417 (West Ellington Parkway), Oaks said.

"It was let in the May 8 letting and a contract was awarded to Civil Constructors, Inc. of Franklin," she said. "The bid was $16.9 million.

"Work should get underway on that project within the month," Oaks said. "It is estimated to be completed by the end of 2011."

Anoter highway mater was completed during the commissioners' monthly meeting on Monday. County Roads Superintendent Jerry Williams sold surplus equipment for $21,000 and that money was received and then transferred back to the Highway Fund to be available for the purchase of other vehicles for the department.

In other announcements during the Commission meeting on Monday, Liggett said:

* As of Monday, the county has finished paying for the back building it purchased for offices in what's now called the Courthouse Annex at the southeast corner of Lewisburg's public square.

* An announcement will be made in "the near future" about the University of Tennessee's Dairy Research Center on New Lake Road. A time and place have not been set, nor has a decision been revealed regarding the future of the center, however, officials have already noted that June is Dairy Month.