KINGSPORT — For the second time in less than a year, the Kingsport Aquatic Center is expanding its parking lot in an attempt to meet demand and get ahead of the crowds, which are again expected to be high volume when the outdoor water features come back online next month.
The additional 120 to 125 parking spaces will stretch around the perimeter of the existing parking lot, from the stop sign near the entrance to the service road behind the YMCA. A few of the spaces would be parallel spaces, but a majority would be typical, 90-degree parking spaces.
Paving is scheduled to begin the week of April 27 and should be completed by May 16, weather permitting. The outdoor features are scheduled to re-open May 12.
Pavewell Paving Co. submitted the lowest bid for the work at just over $86,000. The Greater Kingsport Family YMCA, which shares the parking lot with the aquatic center, will pay for 20 percent of the work.
During construction, visitors will be directed around the construction area, which will block the main travel lanes into and out of the parking lot. Visitors will instead use the travel lanes in front of the outdoor gatehouse to access the parking area and are asked to be aware of barricades protecting workers and drivers.
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