TOP PHOTO:  The DCSI crew attended to the curb in front of Peoples Bank of the South on Monday afternoon.

The north side flower beds await some finishing touches and landscaping before work begins on the south side flower beds.

LAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) – Timing is everything even when constructing a dozen flower beds on curbs in downtown La Follette.  The project began three weeks ago this week and has a few more weeks to go.

The flowers beds stretch along Central Avenue from Indiana to Tennessee Avenues and will eventually total 12 beds.

Robert Coggins is the controller with Design Construction and Services International (DCSI) of Knoxville, the group handling the flower bed project.  He said, “We were installing the top soil, and the rain washed us out today (Wednesday).  We’re going to try it again on Thursday.”

More cosmetic work is ahead followed by landscaping.

A total of 12 curbs are getting face lifts and Coggins points out that they’ll finish these first six before starting on the final six.  “A couple of factors are the weather and timing out our work with the contractor on the bridge project.  These are two separate projects,” said Coggins.

The flower bed project is working its timing around the weather and the bridge refurbishment.

The controller said, “The biggest thing was making sure we had the traffic pattern set and TDOT approved, because a lot of big trucks coming past need to be able to make it through.”  He expects landscaping to be able start by the end of next week.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 05/14/2020-6AM-PHOTOS COURTESY OF WLAF’S CHARLIE HUTSON)


3 Replies to “Flower beds are coming along in downtown La Follette”

  1. I think it’s going to be dangerous. Cars and trucks are going to hit it, possibly get stuck in then. People will throw trash in them. Huge pots that are removable on sidewalks would have been less expensive, safer and able to easily remove if they become a problem

  2. I totally agree , the roadway needs to be wider through downtown not narrowed by nonsense like these flowerbeds being put out out the shoulder of the road. Mark my word , there will be a time/situation where an Emergency Vehicle is impeded by these things !!!

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