Bradley Commission Approves Shifting Funds To Make Up For Cost Overruns On LIC South Project

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

The Bradley County Commission voted 11-3 on Tuesday night to approve shifting funds from the LIC North project to the over-budget, erosion-plagued LIC South project.

Janice Casteel, city of Cleveland city manager, said both projects were set at $4 million. She said since LIC South is coming in at $4.8 million that just $3.2 million would be spent on the smaller LIC North, which has been delayed.

The projects, in conjunction with TDOT, involve providing new interstate access near the U.S. 64 exit to planned new industrial park sites.

The LIC South project has long been stalled by stormwater runoff problems that have muddied nearby Brymer Creek.

Ms. Casteel said TDEC has given approval for a $180,000 concrete fix for ditches on one steep section of the road. She said construction should resume on Wednesday. After the ditches are complete, then paving can begin.

Commissioner Ed Elkins, finance chairman, said all those "with skin in the game"
 should have been notified when it was decided to trim the grade from eight percent to six percent. Ms. Casteel said that was done at a time when it appeared there was ample money in the budget.

She said the contractor was pressing for a quick decision so that some work on the project did not have to be redone.

She said the county engineer was in on the talks about the grade change.

Voting against were Commissioner Elkins, Mel Griffith and Bill Ledford. 

The city of Cleveland was placed in charge of the LIC projects, while the Industrial Bond Board is overseeing the industrial park work.



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