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Closing scheduled for Rose Valley Road

Published 5:59pm Wednesday, June 25, 2014

FRANKLIN—Drivers who use Rose Valley Road to get from General Thomas Highway to Dogwood Bend Road will need to take a nearly three-month detour starting Monday, July 7. That’s when the connecting road will be closed to through-traffic for the purpose of widening a two-lane road and to improve drainage to accommodate truck traffic to Enviva Pellets.

The 0.5-mile section of roadway between General Thomas Highway and the entrance to Enviva will remain open only to pellet mill traffic and will be controlled by flagmen. Other local traffic will be detoured. Message boards and detour signs will be posted at least 72 hours in advance by the project contractor.

This section of roadway is expected to remain closed until Wednesday, Oct. 1.

As previously reported, the work will also include clearing and grading an additional right of way, paving for asphalt parking, building a storm water retention pond, and making drainage improvements, signage and pavement markings.

Once done, the roadway will have 32 feet of pavement, which includes two 12-foot travel lanes, one in each direction, and 4-foot paved shoulders on each side. There will also be sloped ditches with a 70-foot right of way. A full-length right-turn lane to get into Enviva Way will also be made.

Curtis Contracting won the bidding, and the project will cost $1.38 million with money funded by the state. For additional information, contact Michael Johnson, county administrator, at 653-3015.

  • jeffturner

    Looks like if Enviva needs the road improved, Enviva would at least pay for some of the cost? Yea, and it might help to stagger these projects some or some of us will be on the never ending detour.

    Suggest Removal

    • BigBadBrown

      The land Enviva built on was developed by the county as a heavy industry industrial site. The roads were never built to these standards and need to be upgraded now that they are in use.

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  • Lou Anne Davis

    Let’s redo all the roads at one time.
    Jeff, we will. . . .

    Suggest Removal

  • jeffturner

    Who pays for that?

    Suggest Removal

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