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Kingsport BMA seeks paving estimate

March 3rd, 2014 10:04 pm by Matthew Lane

Kingsport BMA seeks paving estimate

KINGSPORT — The Board of Mayor and Aldermen wants to know how much it would cost to repave every city street in failure mode by July of next year.

The condition of roads in the Model City has been an issue for the BMA for a number of years and is the number one complaint among the residents, three members of the BMA said Monday evening.

Last year, city officials managed to fit $750,000 into a tight budget for paving, though still less than the $1 million minimum a number of aldermen said they wanted to see.

Now, Kingsport is going through its annual budget cycle, and given the region has experienced a brutal winter (resulting in an uptick in potholes), city officials felt it timely to give the BMA an update on the number of roads in failure mode along with an estimate on the cost of repairs.

According to Public Works Director Ryan McReynolds, portions of nearly 30 city streets are slated for repairs this year, including Union Street, Hidden Acres Road, Cannongate, Sumpter Road and Old Castle Road. The estimated cost is about $760,000.

However, portions of 14 city streets needing attention this year have been placed on a deferred list, such as Clouds Ford Road, Gravely Road, Beechnut Drive and Hull Drive. The cost of these repairs is nearly $400,000.

In all, Kingsport’s paving costs this year should be nearly $1.16 million.

But this is not the complete list of roads needing attention.

For an expanded version of this article, please see Tuesday’s print edition or our expanded electronic edition.

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