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Overpass scheduled for completion in 2014

Agencies involved in the construction of the Erwin railroad overpass project are waiting on an official work order to begin construction, according to Tennessee Department of Transportation Assistant Regional Construction Supervisor Randy Busler.
The agencies met in an open forum on Wednesday, Jan. 16, at Erwin Town Hall to give updates on the project and organize procedures for when construction begins.
“We have an official notice to proceed that comes out of our headquarters construction office,” Busler said. “Although they awarded the bid to the contractor, they can’t proceed to work until we get that official notice to proceed from the headquarters construction office in Nashville.”
Traffic conditions, once construction beings, were addressed at the meeting. Provisions for hours of construction were set during off-peak times on weekdays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Busler said contractors will usually halt construction during activities such as the annual Apple Festival.
“The majority of the work is going to be off road,” Busler said. “We’re basically making a new path with the bridge. So, until we really start doing a lot of the grade work to do the tie ins on Main Street and back on Highway 107, I don’t anticipate to have a whole lot of traffic tie ups.”
Busler said some sporadic delays may be experienced.
“I don’t anticipate any major traffic issues up here,” Busler said. “Until we get to that point, we’ll have to coordinate it with the town. We always try to work with local towns.”
Relocation of water lines for the project, Busler said may also affect traffic.
“There will be some water line relocation,” Busler said. “That might cause some traffic tie ups because some of it is running along Main Street.”
Another topic included a small structure that still needs to be removed from the construction zone, Busler said.
“On all the property that was purchased for the project, there’s still a structure on a piece of property that’s in the way of construction,” Busler said. “They are going to have to remove that structure.”

For the remainder of this article please see the January 22, 2013 edition of The Erwin Record.