Master thoroughfare plan workshop scheduled, Hillside drainage project discussed: 3 things to know from Oak Ridge North City Council’s Feb. 12 meeting

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A master thoroughfare plan, the Hillside drainage project and a Robinson Road turn lane were just a few items discussed at Oak Ridge North City Council’s Feb. 12 meeting.

All council members were present. To view the full Feb. 12 agenda, click here.

Here are the three things residents may have missed:

1. Master thoroughfare plan

City Council members unanimously agreed to set up a public engineering workshop for the master thoroughfare plan on Feb. 26 at 6 p.m. The workshop will take place at Oak Ridge North City Hall.

The council decided to move forward with creating a master thoroughfare plan in April 2017 to give the city more control of right of way for future projects. Brown And Gay Engineers are working with the city to design the plan.

2. Hillside drainage project

Joe Sherwin, director of public works and engineering, said the Hillside drainage project is ahead of schedule and construction is progressing.

City Manager Vicky Rudy said the southeast side of Hillside Drive, from Maplewood to Westwood drives, has railroad ties acting as retaining walls. This project will enclose the ditch and remove the railroad ties, allowing for residential front yards to slope to the road.

Council members unanimously approved a payment of $244,992.65 to Rebel Contractors for what has been installed, inspected and tested to date.

3. Robinson Road turn lane

Sherwin said the design phase for the additional turn lane on Robinson Road into Commerce Park east of the railroad tracks is 95 percent complete.

At last night’s City Council meeting, the council approved $18,400 to RPS Engineers for the final design phase.

The project is expected to go out for bid this spring and is being funded by Oak Ridge North’s Economic Development Corporation.

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