Thursday, March 20, 2008
Projects begin in Holly Springs
By SUE WATSON
Two important projects for residents and visitors in Holly Springs are underway with the advent of good construction weather.
Traffic signal installation and intersection improvements on Highway 7 on the south side of the city have begun.
Public works director Don Hollingsworth said the new traffic signal at the intersection in front of the Holly Springs Commons and McDonald’s should take 90 days to complete.
A second intersection is planned with a traffic light at J.M. Ash Drive. Both intersections will tie into the West Boundary Extension project, a $3 million project to ease traffic along the busy commercial district. When completed, a loop will be available for traffic to circulate through the new medical clinic and hospital area up to Highway 7 South/Craft Street.
Outbound traffic to the northern portions of the city will be able to access Highway 178, Highway 7 North and Highway 4 East from the new shopping area - the Holly Springs Commons.
The intersections are designed to ease traffic through town on Memphis Street and from the Holly Springs Industrial Park on the east side of the city.
Hollingsworth said Phase I of the project has been awarded to Endevco of Oxford. The general contractor has 90 working days to complete the intersection and install traffic lights.
The other major construction job the city has underway is the Holly Springs/Benton County water extension project which will supply potable water to an estimated 300 new customers living in rural areas to the east of the city.
U.S. Construction of Arlington, Tenn., has the contract for laying new water lines and installing meters.
Workers began laying trenches for water mains alongside Highway 4 East about three weeks ago.
The extension covers Hudsonville Road, Russom Road, Peel Cove, Old Highway 4 East, Snow Creek Road and Reaves Road and continues into Benton County to Ralston Farms subdivision. It is made possible through loans from USDA/Rural Development.
Construction of the Coldwater Substation just off Highway 311 is on schedule and will be fully operational in August, according to John Collins, general manager of the Holly Springs Utility Department.
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