• Legends Drive extension nears completion

    By Sinclaire Sparkman -

    A project that will extend Legends Drive from South Cumberland Street to Cainsville Road awaits some final paving and sign installation before it opens to drivers.

    Construction on the road extension began in July 2016 and should open soon despite a few setbacks along the way. Lebanon public works director Jeff Baines said crews are battling temperatures at the moment as they await days warm enough to finish the paving. He said conditions should be 40 degrees and higher to pave properly.

    “I would say we’re on a week-to-week watch at this time,” Baines said.

    Legends Drive goes by the local movie theater, and the about 2,700-feet extension will bring it to Cainsville Road next to Briskin Lane.

    In March, the Lebanon City Council approved an extra $1.1 million for construction costs, water and sewer extensions and natural gas sleeves. That brought the overall cost of the project to a little more than $5.6 million.

    Randy Laine, Lebanon engineering director for capital projects, highlighted some of the minor issues in 2016.

    The first was a dumpsite that had to be moved and disposed of off the site.

    “The second and most significant issue was the discovery of a void in the rock in the area where the bridge abutments are to be located,” Laine said.

    Laine said the group had some items that cost less than expected such as sinkhole repair and encountered conditions they didn’t expect such as the two issues.

    At the time, the project was over budget by about $225,000.

    City leaders expect the new street to become a hotspot for businesses and industry.

    Baines said a full expense report would be available once the final paving and striping were complete.

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