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Athens projects

Ever wonder when a traffic light will go up on U.S. 72 to make entering and exiting new businesses like Bojangles, Starbucks and Regions Bank safer?

Have you been waiting to hear about sewer extension to the east?

The following is a list of some of the larger street, sewer and water projects in the works that the Athens City Council discussed Friday in a work session.

Streets

  • Adding turn lanes and a traffic signal on U.S. 72 at Athens-Limestone Drive near the businesses mentioned above is the No. 1 priority. Public Works Director James Rich said the project should be complete by mid-June. Cost is $185,000.

  • Priority No. 2 is adding turn lanes at Washington and Hine streets. The project will start this summer. Cost for lanes is $30,000 to $50,000. Rich did not have an estimate on adding a traffic signal.

  • The third on the list is improving the Forrest Street and Lindsay Lane intersection. The council will decide before summer's end whether to add turn lanes and a traffic signal for an estimated $185,000 or to install a roundabout for $75,000. Rich is suggesting the roundabout.

  • Near the end of the list, because of its cost, is paving eight miles of Nuclear Plant Road, estimated to cost $600,000. There is no timetable for this project.

    Sewer

    The construction of sewer projects is dependent on funding. The Wastewater Department has $2 million in bond money, and will refinance to get an additional $2 million. The city expects to get $10 million to $15 million from the state revolving loan fund. Mayor Dan Williams also took a grant application for $9.5 million to the delegation in Washington, D.C., on Monday.

    The major projects are:

  • Extend sewer from Swan Creek under Interstate 65 to Linton Road to serve 400-plus lots under development in that area. Estimated cost is $1 million.

  • Extend sewer from Canebrake to Mooresville Road. Estimated cost is $1.5 million.

  • Extend sewer from French Mill Creek through Newby Farms in southeast Athens. Estimated cost is $1.5 million.

  • Construct a new sewage treatment plant at the old dog pound on Sanderfer Road, which is adjacent to the current plant. Water/Wastewater Manager John Stockton said the new plant is in the design phase. The plant would handle 9 million gallons per day. Estimated cost is $26 million to $30 million.

    Water

  • Install a 12-inch water line from Lindsay Lane to Yarborough on Alabama 251 for $250,000. The project will start in two to three months.

  • Install a 12-inch water line on the south side of U.S. 72 from Pike Road to Mooresville Road for $600,000 to $700,000. Expect to start project in late summer or early fall.

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