Public Works Committee discusses $3.25 million construction and renovation project at Highway Department











Members of the Public Works Committee confer with representatives of TLM Associates and Henson Construction Services Monday morning, concerning the proposed plans for building additions and renovations at the Weakley County Highway Department.


A proposed construction and renovation project to enlarge and upgrade the Weakley County Highway Department, costing an estimated $3.25 million, was discussed during Monday morning’s Public Works Committee meeting.


The scope of the work includes: constructing a new administration office building, an open building for storing heavy equipment; and a new storage building for storing vehicles and small equipment. Additionally, the project will involve converting an existing shop to operations, and remodeling an open storage building into a new shop. Handicapped parking is also part of the project.

The project would be done is six phases, over 15 to 18 months.


In other business, the committee discussed a resolution authorizing a general maintenance agreement with Weakley County and the Tennessee Department of Transportation regarding Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) funds.


The resolution stipulates that sections of Lower Sharon Road, Liberty Road and a portion of Ralston Road are qualified to receive HSIP funding to improve the safety of these county roads. The improvements include stripping the roads and installing various signs.


Although 100 percent of the project would be paid for by the HSIP grant, with no local matching funds required, the committee was uncertain about the liability issue.


After much discussion, the committee decided to table the resolution until the March meeting of the Weakley County Commission. This will provide the time needed to get legal counseling regarding the liability issue before agreeing to the terms of the grant agreement.



(See complete story in the January 9th issue of the Dresden Enterprise.)



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