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Paving on South Industrial Drive begins Oct. 10

From Staff Reports

A project that will repair South Industrial Drive in Erwin will begin next month, a city official announced last week.

Erwin Public Works Director Riki Forney said the Tennessee Department of Transportation will begin the resurfacing job on Monday, Oct. 10. The project will allow the road, which serves the Industrial Park, to better accommodate the heavy truck traffic that frequently travels to and from the businesses in the park.

“The project will also widen the road and create a shoulder for better two-way traffic,” Forney said. “Once complete, the new road will serve those businesses well.”

Due to the road’s close proximity to a one-mile section of Erwin’s Linear Trail, that portion of the trail will be closed for the duration of the work, Forney said.

“TDOT and the town want to make sure there is a safe working environment in that area,” Forney said. “We ask that citizens use only the open sections of the trail and observe the posted signs.”

One lane of South Industrial Drive will remain open to traffic during the work, which is being done by Summers-Taylor. The project is expected to be complete by May 2017.

“They are hopeful the project will be complete sooner,” Forney also said.

The project is being funded by TDOT, according to Forney.