Signs should be going up this week along the three roads, warning motorists that street resurfacing work will soon begin and to be on the lookout for heavy equipment, paving equipment and flagging operations on the roadways during the next two months.
After seeing the signs go up, the first work motorists can expect to see will be milling at University and Stone and at Lewis and Stone.
“They have to mill out the roads there because of the curb and gutter work, for the redo at the intersections. It’ll be some pretty deep milling at those intersections and then (crews) will come back and put an intermediate level of asphalt down,” said Michael Thompson, assistant public works director for the city. “Then, the traffic signal people will come in, saw the loops for the traffic signals back into the pavement, there’ll be some leveling work and then top it off with asphalt.”
A total of 7.96 lane miles will be resurfaced during the scope of the project — all of Granby (4.4 lane miles), Lewis Lane from Stone Drive to just north of Rocky Branch Road (2.06 lane miles) and all of University Blvd (1.5 lane miles). Thompson said no permanent road closures are expected during the project, just flagging operations and possibly some short time periods of road closures on Granby.
W&L Construction and Paving of Bristol, Va., is the contractor performing the work. The 60-day contract began on Monday and has an end date of Aug. 9. The contract for the work is nearly $1.5 million, Thompson said.
The project is being funded through the Kingsport MTPO (Metropolitan Transportation Planning Organization) — a federally designated transportation agency for Kingsport, Mount Carmel, Church Hill, Weber City and Gate City. Eighty percent of the funds come from the MTPO and 20 percent from the city of Kingsport.
“After we did the ARRA (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act) paving and went through the process for some of our larger roadways, it made sense to tap into the 80/20 funding mechanism,” Thompson said. “It’s a regional organization and it sets aside funding for resurfacing projects.”
Similar resurfacing projects have already been done in Mount Carmel and Church Hill using the MTPO funds, and Thompson said another project is already in the pipeline for similar funds.
Design plans have been completed for the resurfacing of all of Lincoln Street (1.7 lane miles), from Wilcox Drive to the John B. Dennis Highway in Kingsport. Thompson said the funding has been earmarked for the project, the design plans have been submitted to the Tennessee Department of Transportation and work could begin either in the fall of 2013 or spring of 2014.