TOP PHOTO: A major portion of the Highway 63 project took a big stride when the new intersection at Big O’s East opened on Tuesday evening. (PHOTO COURTESY OF WLAF’S CHARLIE HUTSON VIA EAGLE I)

CAMPBELL COUNTY, TN. (WLAF)- The completion date on the Highway 63 project is still “technically” slated for the end of next month. But, Tennessee Department of Transportation officials have acknowledged that is not a possibility.

“Technically the estimated completion date remains May 31, 2023. But the project will not be completed by that time,” Tennessee Department of Transportation Community Relations Officer Mark Nagi said this week.

“The new estimated completion date is now June 2024,” Nagi said.

The project, which began in 2020, has been the source of frustration with many motorists who travel the road daily.

As of March 31, 2023, the contractor, Potter South East, LLC, has been able to complete a majority of the Phase 1 work including grading, drainage, box culverts, utilities, and paving. In addition to this work, the contractor has also completed a majority of Phase 2 grade work and storm drainage. For the foreseeable future, Potter South East, LLC, intends to continue fine grading and installation of base stone, Pave A Mix as well as continuing the Phase 2 grade work.

Yet, there still remains work to be completed.

“Remaining contract work includes the installation of phase 2 base stone, base pavement layers, paving the surface course of pavement, completing small sections of utility work, reconstructing phase 2 side roads, completing the installation of signals at Meyers Lane and Middlesboro Road, installation of guardrail, and final dressing of small portions of slopes,” Nagi added.

First District Campbell County Commissioner Zach Marlow recently asked TDOT about the delay as well as pending areas of the project.

“The traffic lights at the intersection of Middlesboro Road and Wildwood Circle are slated to be installed by mid- April 2024,” Marlow said.

The new expected completion date for the Highway 63 project is June 2024.

TDOT told Marlow that Potter Southeast, LLC, had been notified of the potholes that line the road and work should start to address those.

The bid price for the road construction was $17,074,598.45.

“To date, there are several potential impacts to the project the contractor will be bringing to the department for time impact considerations,” Nagi said of the possible final cost of the project.

(WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 04/14/2023-6AM-PHOTOS COURTESY OF WLAF’S CHARLIE HUTSON)

One Reply to “Highway 63 end date pushed to 2024”

  1. It took 1 year and 45 days to build the Empire State Building. It is taking 3 years plus another year that was just added to maybe complete this road work project. Please refresh my memory as to why this project was necessary.

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