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Shelby Drive lane widening project will begin next month

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Construction could begin as soon as September to widen a 4/5-mile section of Shelby Drive to accommodate the future Collierville High School.

On Monday night, the Board of Mayor and Aldermen unanimously approved a $6.8 million contract with Madden Phillips Construction to add two traffic lanes to 4,400 linear feet of Shelby Drive, install a 16-inch water main to serve the future high school and reconstruct 3,900 feet of Sycamore Road.

“With the construction of a new high school,” said Dale Perryman, town engineer, “new infrastructure improvements are required. The existing two lanes of Shelby Drive and an unimproved part of Sycamore Road will require extensive work to accommodate traffic generated by the new high school.”

The project was initially estimated to cost $6.1 million. However, poor soil conditions drove the price up.

“As construction progresses,” Perryman said, “one of the biggest unknown factors will be the bad soil that could be encountered. In addition, weather could play a factor in the completion.”

He noted that an extremely wet summer could delay the project.

Shelby Drive will be closed from Quinn Road to Sycamore Road to help expedite construction.

The project is scheduled for completion on July 13, 2018. The high school is expected to open three weeks later on August 2018.

Due to the significance of having the improvements in place before the school opens, daily liquidation damages were set at $2,000 for the project.

Before voting to award the contract to Madden Phillips, Alderman Billy Patton asked for a representative to address the board.

“Do you feel this is a doable job to be completed by July 13,” Patton asked
owner John Phillips.

“We are comfortable with the amount of time on this project,” Phillips said. “We understand how important it is to the town to get the school open.”
Madden Phillips is currently performing utility work for the new high school.