By: Robin Ford Wallace, Reporter
of the Dade County Industrial Development Authority opened sealed bids last
Friday from four contractors for the first road in IDA’s new expansion of the
county industrial park.
The road will
be about 1,500 feet long, said Cervelli, and will lead from the existing
industrial park to the new section, 200-plus acres of farmland that was once
the weekend getaway of Chattanooga Mayor P.R. Olgiati.
from a low one of $75,000 from David Lawson Construction to a high of $195,887
from Talley Construction. Cervelli said the IDA board of directors will discuss
the bids further at its regular November meeting this Friday.
finalized a bond issue for $2.5 million in conjunction with the county
government, with $1.5 million going to the county for emergency road repairs
and the remaining million for IDA’s own use in adding infrastructure, such as
this road, to the industrial park expansion.
IDA hopes with
the expansion to net for Dade its share of the automotive-related industries,
among others, attracted to the area by the arrival of Volkswagen in neighboring
Executive Chairman Ted Rumley discussed after the meeting another
transportation issue at the industrial park:
the railroad crossing from Highway 11. Rumley said he’d been receiving
complaints recently from existing businesses in the park about deliveries
blocked by trains on the tracks.
that he was in discussions with railway officials about eventually building an
overpass to circumvent the blockages completely, but that right now that
project was still in the mists. “The bridge is something that’s in the future,”
he said. “What the quick answer would be is to move up the crossing beyond
where the sidetracks come in.”
Even that might
not be feasible immediately, he warned. In any case, said Rumley, the overpass
would be the long-term solution. “That would permanently fix it, forever,” he
IDA meets at 3
p.m. this Friday in the Commission Room of the Dade Administrative Building.