Photo by David Grace.
The Sullivan and Clinchfield intersection is scheduled to re-open for traffic at 2 p.m. today.
For more than four months, Thomas Construction has worked to improve this high-traveled intersection by rebuilding and widening it to three lanes, removing some of the older water lines and installing new water lines across Sullivan at Roller Street.
Though the intersection was initially closed to all traffic, Clinchfield was eventually opened to thru-traffic as crews worked roughly one block on either side of the intersection, now concrete with 10 foot travel lanes and an 11-foot center lane.
Both traffic signals at Clinchfield and Roller have been rebuilt along with an eight-foot-wide mobility path along the north side of Sullivan and a sidewalk on the south side.
Ultimately, the City of Kingsport is planning to widen and improve Sullivan Street from near Church Circle to Lynn Garden Drive. The Board of Mayor and Alderman has made the project a top priority among the city’s road projects over the next five years and of the $13.5 million earmarked for road projects in last year's capital improvement plan, $4 million was set aside for the Sullivan Street project.