The extension of Corporate Drive in the Union Corporate Center is on schedule, despite a short delay to move a gas line.

City Administrator Russell Rost said construction crews have full access to the site again and work is moving ahead quickly. Expected completion is later this fall.

The road is being funded by the Union Development Corporation (UDC), which owns and develops land in the corporate center.

The UDC worked with the city to secure a community development block grant to help fund the extension.

The grant, which is $185,000 after administrative fees, was awarded based on the number of jobs created.

When complete, the road will open approximately 45 acres for future development, city officials said.

Cochran, Union, is the engineer and KJU, Inc., Washington, is the contractor for the project.

Once the road is installed, the city will be asked to adopt it for ownership of maintenance.


Initially, the road will be used by Heat and Control, which broke ground at 135 Corporate Drive in November 2016.

Heat and Control is a food processing, packaging and weighing equipment manufacturer with manufacturing facilities and sales support offices worldwide.

The company acquired Spray Dynamics, St. Clair, in 2011, and has outgrown the facility there. The St. Clair operation will be moved to the Union Corporate Center when construction is completed in late 2017.

In July, the board of aldermen approved using a value engineering option that reduced the price tag by $27,389.

Changing the type of rock being used from crushed limestone to a combination of limestone and shot rock saved $20,362.50, and a revision to the grades in the road ditch along the frontage of the new Heat and Control facility saved $7,027.

KJU Inc.’s base bid for an asphalt road originally was $788,791.40.