Jasper sewer extension work on pace with travel center

Jasper sewer extension work on pace with travel center

March 26th, 2013 by Ryan Lewis in News

Mayor Paul Evans

Mayor Paul Evans

Photo by By Dick Cook

Extension project

Extension project

Photo by Laura McNutt /Times Free Press.

JASPER, Tenn. -- The plan to have a sewer line extended to the site of a new Love's Travel Stop & Country Store near Interstate 24's exit 158 is on schedule.

The Jasper Board of Mayor and Aldermen recently approved Green Brothers Construction in Crossville, Tenn., to install the sewer line along U.S. Highway 41, while Roy Joe Angel Construction in Pikeville, Tenn., will put in the sewer pump stations.

Gary Cosby, an engineer with CTI Engineers Inc., said city officials had a preconstruction meeting last week with contractors and representatives from Love's.

"Those contracts -- one for the line work and one for the pump stations -- have been executed," he said. "The contractors are off and running on both of those contracts."

Both contractors' completion schedules are for midsummer, officials said.

"It looks like we're on a pretty similar timetable here with the construction of Love's and the sewer line," Mayor Paul Evans said.

Love's had planned to open its facility July 1, but Cosby said poor weather conditions likely have pushed that schedule back.

"I think their [schedule] is going to slide some," he said. "They've still got a lot of earth work. With all of this rain we've had, I believe they're probably behind a little bit."

Now, officials think it will be early to mid-August before Love's is ready to open.

"Hopefully, [the sewer line extension] will coincide reasonably well with Love's completion schedule," Cosby said. "In terms of when our lines and pumps need to be in operation, it looks like that's going to coincide reasonably well."

Ryan Lewis is based in Marion County. Contact him at ryanlewis34@gmail.com.