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Port construction to start next week

Port construction to start next week

By KEVIN BOWDEN
Staff Reporter
Actual construction work is scheduled to begin early next week on the steel pilings that will form the dock foundation for Cates Landing in Lake County.
Obion County Mayor Benny McGuire continues to monitor the Lake County port project and told The Messenger today he is pleased with the progress being made.
McGuire attended this month’s Northwest Tennessee Regional Port Authority meeting, held earlier this week in Dyersburg.
At this stage in the project, port officials are focused on the actual construction of the multi-million dollar port north of Tiptonville.
Now that construction is about to get under way, officials expect the port to be operational in about 18 months.
McGuire said the second of two large cranes have set up at the Cates Landing site and it appears everything is in place to proceed with the dock construction phase of the operation.
“Work is fixing to begin next week,” McGuire said.
Earlier this month, port officials hosted state Commissioner of Economic and Community Development Bill Hagerty, who got an overview of the Cates Landing project and even toured the port site north of Tiptonville. Hagerty was shown a PowerPoint presentation of the port project by representatives of Forcum-Lannom Contractors.
Staff Reporter Kevin Bowden may be contacted by email at kmbowden@ucmessenger.com.

Published in The Messenger 10.14.11

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