The Columbus, Ga., Council voted unanimously to allow Vulcan Materials Co.’s Barin Quarry to build an elevated, enclosed conveyor over a road in order to convey rock from the east side of the road to the west, according to the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer. The quarry is located at 9201 Fortson Rd.
The company plans to erect two 12.5-ft. diameter steel tubes 28 ft. off the ground just north of the quarry’s entrance, according to Jimmy Fleming, a spokesman for Vulcan’s southeastern division. “We feel it’s a safer alternative to driving big trucks back and forth across the road,” Fleming told the local media after the vote.
Vulcan ultimately plans to move its quarry operation from the west side of the road to the east, the company said, but leave its processing operation at the old quarry. The agreement for the aerial encroachment is for 50 years, but calls for the city and Vulcan to revisit it every five years, should any problem arise. A clause also would allow the city to end the agreement, should it have sufficient cause. Vulcan expects to operate the new quarry for between 30 and 50 years. E