Lake project completion 2 months away

Published 12:00 am Thursday, September 9, 2010

It will be at least another two months before work is completed at Florala’s Lake Jackson project.

Robert “Sonny” Foster, statewide construction superintendent for the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, said interior work on the building should be completed by the middle of October; however, it could be November before the “outside work” such as the amphitheater, parking lot and landscaping is finished.

In July, it was announced work on the project, which had been at a standstill for nearly a year due to lack of funding, would continue until completed.

Since then, construction workers have spent hours at the project site.

Currently, contractors are in the process of finishing the floor tile, installing cabinets in the concession area and doing trim work.

Foster said work on the biggest portion of the project – adjustments to the amphitheater – is now underway.

“Everything is looking nice,” Foster said. “Right now, the biggest part of the work is on the amphitheater. We’ve got some issues we have to work through – it’s crumbling a bit and is uneven – but we’re going to fix that. We’re going to install a 3 to 3 ½ inch concrete overlay, so it will really hold up over time.”

Foster said in addition to the amphitheater, workers must still install the ground’s sprinkler system, build the outdoor stage and construct two handicapped sidewalks along the sides of the amphitheater.

“That’s why I say it may be November before we get done with it all,” he said. “It’s coming along nicely, though. This week, I’ve got 10 to 12 people doing various things, so work is always rolling along. We want to make sure things are done right, and that takes time.”