Wet soil causes minor delays at new HFR station

Construction of the new Highlands Fire & Rescue station at the corner of Oak and Main streets was set back 2-3 weeks because wet soil wasn’t passing compaction tests, said Highlands Town Manager Josh Ward. The new station is expected to be complete around June 2022.

Pictured below is the new site for the Highlands Fire & Rescue station on Franklin Road. Footage taken in late April.

“The lower area contains springs that keep the subsoil wet,” said Ward. “The wet soil will not pass compaction. We knew the soil was this way going in, but we didn’t know to what extreme until they started uncovering it.”

Ward said a soil engineer who has worked with Bryson’s Grading came up with a plan to obtain 98% compaction by removing the wet soil; then using stone, piping, matting, and a finish soil layer.

Once the lower area is completed, Ward said the next step is to grade the slopes to the rear and side of the site to prepare for building the retaining walls.

The new HFR station is expected to be complete June 2022.

Read more about the new HFR station HERE.

Article and photos by Brian O’Shea
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