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Quarry operational by fall; advisory group members set

The Vulcan Materials rock quarry off Hwy. 36 East near Chappell Mill Road is expected to be operational by this fall. The original opening date was this summer but was set back due to details on permitting. ’We are also doing final exploration on the site and may move the pit area a little to the north,’ Vulcan’s Jimmy Fleming reported last week. The quarry entrance may also move slightly north from the current temporary access. ‘We are looking at the best sight distances for DOT and our own needs,’ Fleming added. Vulcan’s Barry Lawson will run the quarry. He also oversees operations at Vulcan’s Macon quarry. Lawson will be on the Citizen Advisory Group (CAG) for the quarry as will Carol Landrum, Vulcan’s manager of government and community relations. Citizens appointed to the CAG are Alvin Faulkner, Terry Hardin, Jonathan Sexton, Kent Kingsley and Danny English. Florida Rock won approval for the quarry back in the mid-2000s but put plans for the quarry were put 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. The quarry site consists of 588 acres on the west side of Hwy. 36 East.

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