Summers-Taylor begins TDOT paving project

By Julie Fann
Star Staff

Summers-Taylor Construction last week began work on a $599,793 project with the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) to pave state Route 67, and also U.S. Highway 321, which extends from just west of Hudson Drive to west of U.S. Highway 19E.
   Approximately 50 workers began milling the old asphalt surface on Wednesday, July 24. Billy Chandler, executive vice president for Summers-Taylor, said work is performed mainly during night hours to minimize traffic delays.
   "We haven't really had any complaints from the public," Chandler said. The plan involves removing the old asphalt surface from curb to curb, applying new asphalt, re-striping, and adjusting manholes or water valves to new elevations.
   "It should take approximately 45 working days to finish it," Chandler said. Workers are removing pavement one lane at a time to avoid grinding the road in a manner that impedes traffic flow.
   Luanne Grandinetti, director of Public Affairs for TDOT, said the last time the 2.3 mile section of road was paved was 1987. "We usually try to re-pave state roads every 12 or so years, so it's had a pretty long life and is ready to be paved again," she said.