The city of Cleveland will resume an expensive stalled road project at Harriman Road after the approval of $180,000 of ditch work.
City Manager Janice Casteel said that is the most expensive fix for a rocky ditch problem along a steep road, but she said it is the only guaranteed solution.
Concrete will be used to fix the ditch and avoid further erosion problems that have been muddying nearby Brymer Creek.
Ms. Casteel said once the ditch work is done, then the road can be paved and the project will be over.
She also said the state had agreed to allow extra funds from the north industrial park project to be shifted to the more expensive south project.
Ms. Casteel also said that the state is no longer requiring that a private firm monitor the south project. That was costing $1,100 per day worked and adding up to almost half a million dollars.
She said TDEC is giving the city 45 days to correct erosion problems at the site.
Bradley County Commissioner Ed Elkins said there had been numerous mistakes made on the project and that erosion control methods had been faulty. He said the county was suppose to be an equal financial partner with the city, but had given up any involvement in oversight of the project.
He said, "We got zero vote on any changes on the project. I don't think that's the right way to do business."
Commissioner Elkins said some dirt removed from a hillside went onto private property nearby, but he said that may have helped cut expenses on the project due to saving hauling costs.
He said when the city decided to lower the grade on a hillside from eight percent to six percent that meant much work that had been done on the project previously, such as the construction of check dams, was obliterated.
Commissioner Adam Lowe said, "I'm very concerned about the condition of Brymer Creek." He said those responsible for filling the creek with sediment "should face the consequences."