After five years, improvements to tunnels and pedestrian routes in Fieldstone Farms funded through Safe Routes to School grants for Hunters Bend Elementary will start construction soon.
“Finally,” Franklin Mayor Ken Moore said. “It’s a nice improvement.”
Most of the money will go toward improvements to a tunnel under Hillsboro Road and another tunnel nearby under Fieldstone Parkway that both provide access to the school from adjacent neighborhoods. The Fieldstone Parkway tunnel, completed by subdivision developers, was built with drains, but the Hillsboro Road tunnel, installed during a widening project, is a simple culvert and retains water and mud runoff. In addition to correcting that, the project will stabilize retaining walls and add lighting.
The original cost of the project totaled to $212,284. But because both the city and the Tennessee Department of Transportation waited, the price has increased to $321,000. Safe Routes to Schools aims to improve student’s safety they while they bike or walk to school.
Broken down, TDOT will pay for $190,562 of the project while the city will shoulder $130,438 with money from the capital project fund. However, the city will go back to TDOT to ask for additional grant funding because the project got stuck in a five year lull.
Comments and required changes created the delay in the process.
The Board of Mayor and Aldermen on Tuesday approved a contract for the project through Jarrett Builders, Inc.