Although it was delayed by ‘blue muck’ under the old paving, Robinson Middle School’s parking lot renovation should be ready for traffic sometime next week. Photo by David Grace.
KINGSPORT — Robinson Middle School’s parking lot renovation should be ready for traffic sometime next week, a little later than the projected completion date of mid-September, a school official said Monday.
The Robinson renovation project, delayed by “blue muck” found under the old paving, is one of the projects Kingsport City Schools started in renovation, replacement and maintenance over the summer.
On Sept. 17, David Carper, director of maintenance for the system, gave the Board of Education an update on the Robinson and other projects. All except the Robinson and Legion Center renovation at Dobyns-Bennett High School had been completed. by Monday,
Carper on Monday said that weather permitting, the Robinson parking lot behind Kingsport Community Church and on the west, front side of the school should be ready for vehicle traffic and parking sometime next week but maybe sooner.
Completed is the binder the base paving with larger gravel in it. He said the next steps are the installation of the extruded concrete curb, following by the final cap of an inch to 1.25 inches and then striping. “Weather permitting, they should finish it next week,” he said, but vehicles may not be allowed on it for a few days to keep from forming ruts in the new asphalt.
The lot will have 81 spaces, down slightly from the 85 or so it used to have because of some spaces that were not quite large enough to meet city code. Because of the unstable bluish clay soil, about a third of the lot had to be dug out and filled with large rock to make a firm foundation for the lot, which in the past has had extensive cracking.Read more of this story in Tuesday's print edition of the Times-News or the expanded electronic edition.