Road panel gives updates on project requests

By AUTUMN HUGHES
Posted 10/20/19

The Bradley County Commission's Road Committee received updates from Bradley County Road Superintendent Sandra Knight on several projects Tuesday. Two of those will go forward as recommendations to the County Commission.

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Road panel gives updates on project requests

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The Bradley County Commission's Road Committee received updates from Bradley County Road Superintendent Sandra Knight on several projects Tuesday.

Two of those will go forward as recommendations to the full County Commission.

Project updates included:

• Wayfarer Drive: This item was moved to the end of the agenda to allow a commissioner who asked for the committee to discuss it, to have time to arrive. When the commissioner didn’t arrive, the issue was rolled over to the next committee meeting.

Discussion on Wayfarer Drive was spurred in June when  property owner asked for an unfinished road apparently approved for completion five years ago, to be finished.

• Chestuee/Old York Road culvert: Knight said she is working with Ocoee Utility District on this, noting a high cost is expected. Knight has previously told the committee this project concerns water lines and a valve that will be affected.

• Hidden Forest update: Knight said information has been presented to the property owners, but she has not heard back from them.

• Roadway across from power station at airport: Knight said the Road Department has put gravel on the roadside in an area where vehicles go off the pavement. She anticipates asphalt will need to be put down in that area.

• Finnell Road stormwater: Knight said the road and ditches have been cleaned, but noted they could fill again with debris after it rains.

• Harrison Pike at Freewill Road request for study: Knight said she spoke with a Tennessee Department of Transportation official about this issue.

The Bradley County Commission voted unanimously during its Sept. 9 meeting to request that a traffic study be conducted at the intersection of State Route 312/Harrison Pike, Freewill Road N.W. and Harris Creek Trail S.W. The recommendation to request the study came from the Road Committee.

Knight said it usually takes six to nine months to get a study on TDOT’s schedule.

• Hopewell School project update: Road Committee Chairman Kevin Raper said he talked to the principal there and could answer questions from the committee.

Commissioner Mike Hughes said he understands there is an issue with finalizing the purchase of land from Volunteer Energy Cooperative. Raper said he understands VEC is “fully willing” to go forward with the property transfer, but the process has slowed.

“Right now it’s with our attorney and theirs,” Raper said.

Commissioner Louie Alford suggested asking Bradley County Attorney Crystal Freiberg to contact attorneys for VEC and Bradley County Schools to try to move this issue along.

• 3115 Andrew Jackson Lane tile: Knight said a utility hole was fixed and two driveway tiles were replaced.

“I’m not sure what the original complaint was,” Knight said.

The meeting agenda noted this item came to the Road Department at the request of the late Jeff Yarber, former vice chairman of the County Commission.

• Bellingham Phase II: Knight said the attorney for this project is supposed to have paperwork to her Friday. She requested the Road Committee recommend acceptance of the road into the county road list to the full County Commission. The vote to recommend was unanimous.

• Alexander Circle: Knight said this road is off Frontage Road, and she requested “No Parking” signs be placed there.

“We’ll need the Commission to approve that,” Knight said.

The vote to recommend was unanimous.

• Charter Communications repairs in subdivisions: Knight said she is working with contractors that caused damage to roadways. She said in boring under the roads to install their utilities, they “humped the roads up.”

• Commissioner Dennis Epperson asked if there are any plans to replace gravel roads on the county’s road list. Knight said the department may have the opportunity to pave depending on growth in the areas of some of the roads.

Epperson asked if there is a long-range plan to pave the gravel roads. Knight said there is not.

“Our long-range plan is to take care of the asphalt we’ve got,” she said.

Commissioner Johnny Mull asked how long roads can go before repaving. Knight said most can go 20 years.

Hughes asked how many miles of Bradley County’s roads are paved, to which Knight replied there are about 775 miles of paved county roads outside of Cleveland and Charleston.

Commissioner Louie Alford asked how many miles of roads are in Cleveland. Knight estimated 600 miles.

• Alford asked if anything can be done “about our new dragstrip at the airport.” He said there are two memorial crosses there already, to mark where people have died.

Raper said high speeds on the road are a safety concern.

• Raper congratulated Knight for being selected as president of the Tennessee County Highway Officials Association.

“We’re proud of you,” Raper said.

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