Kingsport spending $4 million on paving next year

Matthew Lane • May 18, 2020 at 9:00 AM

KINGSPORT — The COVID-19 pandemic has put a stop to most things in this world over the past three months: business and industry, sports and entertainment, many restaurants and all schools.

You can also add street resurfacing to that list. At least for a little while.

Under its sustainable paving program, Kingsport allocated just over $2.4 million during the 2020 fiscal year for street resurfacing. While a majority of that work was completed last fall, about $700,000 of it was scheduled to take place this spring.

That obviously didn’t happen. The pandemic hit and most everything was put on hold, at least until folks figured out how things were going to play out.

“We were ready to go pre-COVID-19 and would have been out there right now, but we had to put a stop to it just to see what’s going on,” said Deputy City Manager Ryan McReynolds.

This pause in street resurfacing is going to continue until the beginning of the next fiscal year, which begins July 1.


During a recent budget work session, McReynolds outlined to the Board of Mayor and Aldermen the plan for street resurfacing and when motorists can expect to see paving crews out on the streets of Kingsport.

McReynolds said the city plans to perform more than $4 million in paving next year, with $2.5 million being contracted out to resurface a number of main roads throughout the city. Some of these main roads include portions of Cooks Valley Road, Netherland Inn Road, Moreland Drive, Fall Creek Road (from the bridge to the city limits) and Meadowview Parkway (Wilcox Drive to Interstate 26).

Roughly $800,000 has been allocated for neighborhood paving. In this case, city crews will be working in the West View Park neighborhood, streets bounded by Stone Drive, Interstate 26, Fairview Avenue and Virgil Avenue

Finally, Kingsport crews will be repaving 20 “worst case” roads within the city, such as Avalon Street, Spring Street, Dunbar Street, Blakemore Drive, Bellwood Place, Green Spring Circle, Stuart Drive and Lexington Lane.

“In the midst of a pandemic and with these revenue concerns, we’ve been able to figure out a way to make it work,” McReynolds said.

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