Thursday, November 13, 2008
W. Boundary work, other projects on go
By SUE WATSON
Construction of West Boundary extension should begin soon. Bids were set to be opened Tuesday afternoon this week.
Construction of the long awaited loop that will connect West Boundary at Chulahoma Avenue to Crescent Meadow Drive will begin this fall, according to Don Hollingsworth, public works director for the City of Holly Springs.
Lots of work is expected in the area to finish building the infrastructure to the new Alliance Hospital. Water and sewer work have already begun in the hospital and West Boundary extended area. Hospital construction is expected to begin this fall, Hollingsworth said.
Dirt work has also begun on the Frank Swords commercial project west of the hospital site. Trees were cleared last week and the elevation in the bottom will be raised about five feet for gravity feed in the sewer lines that are laid, according to Neil Bain, contractor at the Swords development site.
Another important project that ties in to the south side development of town is the Chatham Heights water and sewer project. It is about 50 percent complete, Hollingsworth said. The sewer line extends from Swaney Drive northward to Highway 178 and from the Meadows subdivision eastward to the city lagoon located south of Highway 78 off Peyton Road. A water line is being laid from Peyton Road to the lagoon and will be used to help clean equipment. The final portion of the Chatham Heights water and sewer project will be to clean the lagoon, Hollingsworth said.
Also expected to begin by Christmas is the addition of a traffic light at the intersection of J.M. Ash Drive. The light will be put into operation once the intersection is reconstructed and extended across Craft Street where it will follow the ditch westward and tie in to West Boundary in the hospital and clinic area.
When West Boundary is completed, traffic will be opened to the Marshall Academy campus. The loop will ease traffic congestion on Craft Street and around the square in downtown.
The last important road to be completed that will provide a truck route around the city may not be finished soon, although it has been under construction for over a year. The extension of Eddie Lee Smith Drive which will connect Highway 4 East, Highway 7 North and Highway 311 to Highway 178 west of town has been held up for lack of funds. The project was delayed when construction costs escalated due to skyrocketing prices of fuel and road construction materials. The city and Marshall County are working together to look for additional funds to complete the project.
After Hollingsworth presented some documents related to development in the area to the Holly Springs Board of Aldermen last week, the board acted on these business matters:
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