State, local officials to help break ground for new entrance
January 26, 2009
State and local officials will join Bryan College administrators Friday, February 6, as the college breaks ground for its long-awaited new entrance from U.S. 27.
Bryan President Stephen Livesay said State Sen. Ken Yager, State Rep. Jim Cobb, Dayton Mayor Bob Vincent, and Rhea County Executive Billy Ray Patton are to offer remarks at the groundbreaking at 1:15 p.m. at the construction site between the highway and Richland Street.
“This project has been on the hearts and minds of college trustees for more than 40 years,” Dr. Livesay said. “Now we are able to see the fruits of their prayers and efforts, thanks in large part to the efforts of friends in state and local governments. We want to take this opportunity to express our gratitude to the incumbent officeholders as well as their predecessors who helped make this day possible.
“We also want to recognize the donors who have contributed so generously to bring us to this milestone event. Alumni and friends have responded to the needs and have expressed in a tangible form their commitment to what this new entrance will make possible for the college. We would not be at this point without their support.”
Construction of the entrance will be completed in two phases, college officials said. The first, being celebrated Feb. 6, will link U.S. 27 to Richland Street. When that section is complete, city officials will close the present intersection of Welch Street and U.S. 27, about a half-mile north of the new entrance, a condition set by the state Department of Transportation to approve the project. City officials have announced plans to improve a portion of Richland Street to accommodate the expected change in traffic patterns.
First-phase construction is expected to begin shortly after the groundbreaking and should be completed in 90 days. The college is planning a second groundbreaking for the section between Richland Street and the center of campus after the first phase has been completed.