From staff reports
In recent weeks work has begun to reinforce a wall at the corner of Railroad St. and Hwy 301 in Claxton. Reinforcement plans include the placement of a large steel beam at one corner of the wall.
The wall was originally attached to the neighboring building by treated lumber, but has been deteriorating for some time and the city has been concerned about public safety as a result. “They are going to reinforce the wall so it won’t fall,” said City Administrator Gayle Durrence. “Safety is our first priority.”
Andy Hutson with Metal Clad Industries and Terry McKorkle, owner of local companies CLT Contracting and M&B Construction Equipment, are heading up the project.
Finding a company willing to take on the job was a challenge. “We had several people look at it that didn’t want to touch it,” Durrence said.
The city isn’t sure exactly how much the total cost of the project will be at this time. “The steel beam is going to cost more than if we had put it back with wood, but there wasn’t any use in putting it back with wood,” Durrence explained. “It’s going to be a little bit more than we had anticipated because of having to use the steel beams.”