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By: Robin Ford Wallace, Reporter


Peter Cervelli 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. 

Bids ranged 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.

IDA recently 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 Chattanooga.

Dade County 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. 

Rumley said 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 said. 

IDA meets at 3 p.m. this Friday in the Commission Room of the Dade Administrative Building.   



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