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Road crews busy around Obion County

Road crews busy around Obion County
Road crews busy around Obion County | Road crews busy around Obion County
By KEVIN BOWDEN
Staff Reporter
Ford Construction Co. road crews are shifting into high gear to complete several projects under way around Union City this fall.
Local Ford Construction superintendent Mike Harrison told The Messenger today his local crews are being helped by crews that have been brought in from Jackson. Workers are trying to complete the local road projects by the end of the fall paving season, which is around mid-December, according to Harrison.
The local paving company is actually involved in four state road projects around Union City this fall.
Harrison estimated the total investment in local road projects in Obion County this fall is nearly $40 million.
Work on I-69 through Obion County represents about $32 million and it is work on I-69 that has closed a section of Mt. Zion Road and Perry Browder Road north of Union City.
Work on Brevard Road on the north side of town was completed in early October and the road was reopened after being closed to traffic for several months, according to Harrison. Crews are building a pair of new I-69 overpasses in that same area and that work will keep Mt. Zion Road and Perry Browder Road closed to traffic for at least three more weeks.
Harrison said today he hopes to have the roads reopened for traffic by mid-November.
Ford Construction is also paving Union City’s walking track north of town and work on that project is nearly complete, according to Harrison.
Completion of the airport access road off Highway 22 East is scheduled for March 31, but Harrison said a contract extension may be necessary as the construction work is a little behind schedule.
Everett Boulevard, from Section Line Road all the way south to Reelfoot Avenue, is in the process of being resurfaced. Work on repaving the busy highway began earlier this month and is scheduled to be completed by mid-November, according to Harrison. He said his crews may be working on the bypass after mid-November in order to reinforce intersections.
Staff Reporter Kevin Bowden may be contacted by email at kmbowden@ucmessenger.com. Published in The Messenger 10.26.11

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