Another round of road improvements in the Cooks Valley area is set to begin in the spring. David Grace photo.
KINGSPORT — Three years after work wrapped up on the first phase of improvements along Harbor Chapel Road, the final phase — one long promised to the residents of Cooks Valley — is scheduled to start next spring.
In the summer of 2010, Kingsport improved a roughly half-mile stretch of Harbor Chapel, from just before Triangle Circle to just past Cooks Valley Road, widening and paving the road, adding a shoulder, guardrail and deceleration lane along with an 8-foot-wide mobility path the length of the hill.
Kingsport’s Public Works Department has done some street resurfacing along Cooks Valley, from roughly Merrywood to Palomino, but left the curve at the bottom of the hill alone.
City engineer Hank Clabaugh said that’s where phase two is going to pick up and extend approximately 1,500 feet along Cooks Valley Road.
“We’re advertising for bids in mid-December and opening bids in mid-January. We expect construction beginning in March and the project will have a six-month construction schedule,” Clabaugh said.
The improvements in store for this section of road include horizontal and vertical realignments, especially through the curve, new curbs, gutters and guardrail, the widening of the shoulder and new stormwater collection drains.
No sidewalks or mobility paths are expected in this round of work, Clabaugh said. Ultimately, there will be a new intersection/connection for Harbor Springs and Cooks Valley.
Kingsport has recently wrapped up obtaining rights-of-way access and easements from property owners and did not have to condemn any of the property in the process. AEP and CenturyLink have also been relocating their utilities along this section of Cooks Valley in preparation for the upcoming project, Clabaugh said.
The cost of phase one was approximately $700,000; a cost estimate for phase two has not been determined, Clabaugh said.