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Major roadways in Kingsport set to be resurfaced

May 24th, 2014 12:08 am by Matthew Lane

Major roadways  in Kingsport set to be resurfaced

A motorist dodges a pothole on Lincoln Street. David Grace photo.

KINGSPORT — You wanted paving, Model City? You got it.

Three major roads in Kingsport will be receiving a fresh layer of asphalt later this summer, nearly eight miles of road along Stone Drive, Center Street and Lynn Garden Drive. The $4.2 million project is slated to be done by Aug. 31.

In addition to this resurfacing project, the city of Kingsport recently went out to bid for the repaving of Lincoln Street, from Wilcox Drive to the John B. Dennis Highway, approximately 1.7 miles.

This project was originally planned for repaving two years ago (along with a section of Cooks Valley Road), but due to higher than expected bids, the work was stymied. The Cooks Valley work was then pulled out and done earlier this year, Assistant Public Works Director Michael Thompson said.

"The city realized Cooks Valley Road couldn't wait another winter, so we went ahead and paved that," Thompson said.

Kingsport had to perform some utility work in connection to the Lincoln Street project prior to beginning, and the contract with CSX to perform the paving work over its railroad lines had expired and a new contract had to be obtained.

The caution light at the railroad crossing will remain, and no bike lanes are planned for the road.

And there will be some duplication of work at the new entrance to the Eastman Chemical Co. corporate business center, currently under construction. Eastman's plans call for an entrance from its property to Lincoln Street at the Sullivan Street intersection.

"What (the Tennessee Department of Transportation) messes up there, they're going to repave," Thompson said.

The city announced the bid on May 18, and a bid opening is scheduled for June. The contract is for 60 days, Thompson said.

"Hopefully, everything comes in correct, we can get a couple of bidders on the project and put them to work in the July or August time frame," Thompson said.

The city did not release the estimated cost of the project, but two years ago when the bids were rejected, city officials estimated the work would cost approximately $965,000. The lone bid for the work came in at $1.37 million.

Funding for the project will come from the Kingsport Metropolitan Transportation and Planning Organization (80 percent) and the city of Kingsport (20 percent).

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