Our offices here at Cummins Station are very close to the huge construction project for the new Nashville Convention Center. They have 4 or 5 huge cranes going on and hundreds of people working on the project day and night. You might have noticed that I changed the picture on the front page of the weblog. It is a picture from the air of the Veterans Parkway project in Millington, that is now under construction.
While walking past the Convention Center with all of the building activity going on, the thought occurred to me: I have not mentioned much about the actual construction phase at all in this weblog. Why is that?
The answer is pretty simple. The whole local programs process is about getting the funding obligated on the project. That is the aim, and main priority. This is essentially true with TDOT managed projects as well. No money equals no project.
The truth of the matter is that the construction phase is almost anticlimactic. The reason for this is that, generally speaking, TDOT pre-qualified Construction Engineering Inspection (CEI) consultants, contractors, and TDOT Construction and Materials and Test staff know what they are doing. Usually everyone knows what is expected and is experienced and professional in their role.
In the future I will need to go into greater detail what actually goes on once the TDOT Construction Office has concurred in the award of the project. But for communities working to get their project going, getting the funds obligated for construction with all that entails, will still be the main priority.