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Work Continues on Forest Hill Irene Road

Post Date:01/10/2019 4:30 PM
Work continues as crews clear the way for the expansion of Forest Hill Irene Road between Winchester Road and Poplar Pike. The earthwork phase of the project continues to be an ongoing process. Work on the underground storm drainage on the northern portion of the road is expected to begin towards the end of this month and should be completed by the end of March.

Motorists should still expect temporary intermittent lane closures. The entire project is expected to be complete by January 2020 with the section fronting Forest Hill Elementary scheduled to be completed by August, coinciding with the beginning of the school year. Alternate routes are encouraged and include Houston Levee to the east and Germantown Road to the west.

The project is the result of the anticipated increase in traffic along the two-lane rural road due to Germantown Municipal School District’s new Forest Hill Elementary, currently under construction. Improvements include construction of a four-lane, median-divided urban roadway from Winchester Road to Poplar Pike, curb and gutter, sidewalks and bike lanes. In order to improve water pressure and flow in the immediate area, a waterline extension from just north of the railroad tracks to Winchester Road is included in the project. Once completed, safety along the street will be improved, Germantown Fire and Police will have better access to both residential and commercial areas near the City’s southeastern border and the roadway and adjacent right of way will be less complicated for City public works crews to maintain.

A change order for $37,631.33 is set to go before the Germantown Board of Mayor and Aldermen on January 14. This change order covers fiber optics and a culvert replacement. The original plan was to leave the existing culvert in-place, extending each end of the culvert to accommodate road widening. Since the roadside clearing has been completed, the existing pipe is fully accessible and has been thoroughly inspected. Crews reported open joints, cracks and sagging sections that make full replacement of the existing culvert necessary. The contractor has completed the replacement of the 54" pipe.

Motorists are encouraged to sign up to receive e-notices related to traffic alerts online at Germantown-TN.gov/enotices. Informational posts will also be made on the City’s social media accounts. Follow along by liking City of Germantown on Facebook or following the City on Twitter @GermantownTenn. Message boards along the project route will display information about planned closures and delays.
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