Thursday, July 19, 2007
HSUD extends water, gas sewer services
By SUE WATSON
Residents and businesses in Holly Springs, Red Banks and east on Highway 4, can look forward to new services thanks to the hard work of the Holly Springs Utility Department (HSUD) and funds from a variety of sources, according to public works director Don Hollingsworth.
About 400 new customers will benefit with potable drinking water due to the extension of water service along Highway 4 East to Benton County, he said. The service will be extended along Little Snow Creek and Reads Road to Rolston Farms and a 12-inch water main will be laid along the new North Holly Springs by-pass.
The $1.7 million project, funded by Rural Development and the Appalachian Regional Commission, will be let to bid in August. Construction is scheduled to begin in October and the project is targeted to be finished by Labor Day 2007, Hollingsworth said.
Customers who recently had water service lines run to the Red Banks/Victoria area can look forward to natural gas service thanks to $2.5 million in Rural Development bonds. The gas will run along the same route as the water project that was laid in recent years in Red Banks, providing natural gas to roughly 600 new customers.
“The last customer will be Citizens Bank in Victoria,” Hollingsworth said.
Phase I of a water and sewer project to the proposed clinic and hospital in the Holly Springs Commons will begin this summer with the expenditure of about $275,000 in funds from a Community Development Block Grant, from the Economic Development Administration and the Appalachian Regional Commission. The project is the first of some $1.2 million in total project funds for the area. Bids will be let in August, construction gets underway in late September and the project could be finished by Christmas 2007, Hollingsworth said.
A new intersection and traffic signal will be constructed at the intersection of Wendy’s and McDonald’s to ease traffic flow along the busy business strip on Craft Street on the south side of Holly Springs. The estimated $333,000 project will be bid in August/September and construction is set to begin in October this year, Hollingworth said. The intersection is expected to be finished by February 2008.
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