One word can describe July, hot and humid. Okay, that is two words, but in Tennessee the two go hand and hand. Crews felt the effects of both during the month, yet made good progress by drinking plenty of water and finding shade for breaks. Electric crews installed several more poles down to Fairview Drive. Conductor was installed on poles from Firetower Road down to near Cherry Branch Road. Additional conductor was installed on new poles between Fence Lane to Fairview Drive. Gas crews, having installed down to the St. George area in June, backed up to make connections and perform testing in preparation of energizing the new gas line. The water/sewer subcontractor installed new water services and installed one of two bores under St. George: one bore for relocating water, the other for relocating force main sewer. Grading crews installed graded solid rock, borrow material and excavated material from cuts onsite and placed in fill areas. Removal of topsoil continued down to Westminster. Crews also prepped additional areas for the installation of graded solid rock.
The weather forecast for the first week of August gives us a reprieve from the oppressive heat and humidity felt in July, but it will certainly be short lived. For August, the new electric distribution lines will be energized,and existing lines will be removed, while additional poles are installed further north. The gas line will be energized sections at a time while making service connections. Road grading activities will continue with material being moved from cuts and placed in fills. Borrow will continue to be installed in several locations including the stretch north of St. George. Storm drainage pipe and structures will be installed in areas north of Stone Loop #2. Water and Sewer bores will continue to be made in preparation of installing main pipe as fills are made.
We ask that you check the website often as we will post information concerning scheduled operations that will impact traffic and cause delays. The message boards throughout the project will be programmed to give traffic information during the scheduled operations. We continue to ask that drivers exercise caution when traveling through the project and use reduced speed for our safety as well as yours. Thanks.