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Quarry opening is not a done deal

Reports surfaced last week that Vulcan Minerals would be opening its long-mothballed rock quarry off Hwy. 36 East but that decision is not yet set in stone. ’It’s not a done deal. We are trying to do our due diligence to see if we are going to open it,’ company spokesman Jimmy Fleming said Friday. Florida Rock won approval for the quarry back in the mid-2000s but put plans for the quarry on hold when the economy and housing industry tanked and the demand for gravel decreased. Vulcan bought out Florida Rock in a multi-million dollar deal in 2008. The looming construction of truck lanes on I-75 and a booming housing market now make the quarry more feasible. Vulcan is required to put in acceleration/deceleration lanes at the entrance to the quarry near Chappell Mill Road. It also must form a citizen advisory committee and jump through other hoops. The quarry site consists of 588 acres on the west side off Hwy. 36 East. A meeting of the NE Lamar County Community Association will be held Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. to discuss the quarry.

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