Proposed rights of way staked

Highway 60 widening project survey work is now complete

By BRIAN GRAVES Staff Writer
Posted 8/27/17

Two of the county commissioners in whose district the Highway 60 project will be constructed said they are getting questions as numerous marking stakes are beginning to pop up in yards and along …

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Proposed rights of way staked

Highway 60 widening project survey work is now complete

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Two of the county commissioners in whose district the Highway 60 project will be constructed said they are getting questions as numerous marking stakes are beginning to pop up in yards and along the roadway.

The widening of the road has long been argued for, and the state has now begun the process of establishing the right of way for eventual construction.

“The surveyors for TDOT have put stakes along the biggest part of Highway 60,” said 1st District Commissioner Terry Caywood. “When you come home and have stakes near your house, you want to know why.”

Caywood, who has long been associated with trying to get improvements on the road, said he was doing his best to give out information.

“I’ve had a number of the same concerns,” added 1st District Commissioner Mike Hughes.

According to Jennifer Flynn, TDOT community relations officer, the survey crews have now completed staking of the proposed right of way for the 3.2-mile SR-60 project from near Interstate 75 to SR-306.

“These stakes will assist the appraisers when performing their tasks,” Flynn told the Cleveland Daily Banner. “We are currently getting the appraisal contracts executed and appraisals will be ongoing starting in October 2017 through approximately March 2018.”

She added right-of-way agents should be making contact first with any potential relocations and then with all other affected property owners.

“The project is currently in the right-of-way phase and was included in the most recent three-year TDOT Statewide Transportation Improvement Plan to tentatively receive construction funding in FY 2019. The estimated cost of the construction project is $14.7 million.

“This is a very preliminary estimate and will most likely change as the project works through the development process,” Flynn said.

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