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Right of way delays Sligo construction
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A right-of-way dispute between the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) and the Sligo Marina has delayed plans to let bids for the estimated $30 million dollar project.The proposal calls for the demolition of the existing Sligo Bridge in conjunction with construction of a new bridge.Plans are for traffic to continue on the old bridge while the new bridge is built.According to Representative Terri Lynn Weaver, the situation is complicated by the fact that the marina leases the property from the Army Corps of Engineers, and the dock owners are making demands that TDOT, by law, cannot meet.“One bump in the road is that TDOT is prevented by law from paying the marina for loss of revenue,” Weaver said at a meet-and-greet held at City Hall last week, “and they (Sligo Marina) are demanding compensation for potential loss of revenue.”TDOT officials have reportedly been involved in negotiations with the corps and marina owners for several months, and recently made another offer to purchase the right of way.An answer is expected by the end of the month.Although preliminary plans called for the project to be ready for bid letting by now, Weaver said that the worst possible outcome is that construction be delayed until 2013 when the marina’s lease is up with the corps of engineers.“The corps of engineers has a lease with the marina until 2013,” Weaver said. “If an agreement is not reached, worst case scenario is that we will have to wait until 2013 in order to proceed, and the lease will not be renewed. We have missed two dates, one in December and one in February.