The development of the third and final phase of improvements to the Oak Ridge Turnpike is well underway. Heavy equipment seems to be everywhere one looks as mountains of soil is redistributed, hundreds of tons of rock are laid and leveled and a ribbon of 5 lane highway begins to take shape. The highway which, when completed in 2011, will connect Interstates 40 and 75 and is the frontage highway of the Heritage Center and Horizon Center creating a direct, speedy link between the parks and the Interstates just 4 miles away. As part of the highway project, significant infrastructure modifications and improvements are being undertaken by the City of Oak Ridge. A $500,000 contribution from CROET to the City of Oak Ridge provided late last year is being used to connect the City’s existing water system to the system in the Horizon Center. Connection of the systems will permit the City to provide water from its main plant to new residential developments in the “West End”, as well as to the Heritage and Horizon Center Business districts.