TDEC Clock Ticking As LIC South Project In Bradley Remains Stalled

Monday, September 16, 2013

The deadline given the city of Cleveland by TDEC for getting permanent erosion control systems into place at the LIC South project is getting closer, but work has still not resumed at the site near the U.S. 64 exit of I-75.

TDEC several weeks ago gave a 45-day extension of an order handed down after neighbors complained that runoff from the project was polluting nearby Brymer Creek.

Janice Casteel, Cleveland city manager, said new subcontractor bids had still not been received from contractor Steve Williams as of early Monday afternoon on lining ditches with concrete along a steep road at the site.

The engineer's estimate on the work was $180,000, but Ms. Casteel told the Cleveland City Council last Monday that the Williams estimate was much higher.

She said it was found that his bid included some additional items. She said the contractor was asked to get additional quotes from several subcontractors rather than just the one secured earlier.

The budget for LIC South has already jumped from $4 million to $4.8 million. To compensate, the work at LIC North was reduced from $4 million to $3.2 million. LIC North is a later project. The projects, in conjunction with TDOT, involve providing new interstate access near the U.S. 64 exit to planned new industrial park sites for Bradley County.

Ms. Casteel conceded that when the work finally resumes it will be on a tight schedule to try to meet the TDEC extension date. "They will have to work Saturdays and maybe Sundays," she said.

She also acknowledged that some existing erosion controls as photographed over the weekend by neighborhood spokesman Steve Campbell were not adequate. She said, "Having a stick holding up the barrier is not adequate."

She said the city staff had gone to the site since then to shore up the erosion controls.

Thunderstorms are in the Cleveland forecast starting Wednesday.  

Bradley County Commissioner Ed Elkins, whose district includes the project site, said, "It appears they are not moving along real rapidly. I don't think we've heard the last of it yet." 

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