Beginning next month, several Catoosa County roads are getting upgrades.
With unanimous support from the county's Board of Commissioners, Talley Construction Company will repave all of Davis Ridge Road, North Beaumont Road and East Nickajack Road. The Rossville-based contractor was the lowest of five bids.
"And substantially lower, too, so that's a good thing," said Commission Chairman Steven Henry.
The nearly $2 million cost is being paid for using state funds from a Local Maintenance and Improvement Grant and funds from the 2019 special purpose local option sales tax.
The county's public works project inspector, Jeremy Bryson, said the county evaluates the condition of its roads every three years.
"The general condition of these roads — some of these have been in need of resurfacing for some time," he said of those included in this year's annual repaving project.
Bryson couldn't speak to any traffic impact the projects may have, but said he did not expect any lane closures. The contractor has until Dec. 31 to complete the projects.
East Nickajack Road is currently suffering from erosion issues that have closed down one lane. Bryson said it's unrelated to the new project and cited the heavier than normal rains and mountainous terrain as culprits.
"With 45 inches of rain this year, I think more kind of slid off, so we're looking at it to see if what they designed is going to be the right fix to get that going," he said of the county crews working to stabilize the failing portion of the shoulder before the road is repaved.
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