KINGSPORT – Despite attempting every possible work around, construction will require the closure of the Bays Mountain Park access road weekdays from Tuesday, June 19, 2012 through July 10 to allow a permanent fix of the access road.

This particular phase of the work, according to Assistant Public Works Director Michael Thompson, will require drilling and pouring of 10 caissons that will hold a new retaining wall and bridge over the chronically troublesome portion of the access road.

Although the work will require the closure of the Park access road to the general public, Summer Daycamp programs for youth will continue on a regular schedule. In addition, Bays Mountain will be open to all visitors on weekends from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and 12 noon to 8 p.m. on Sunday. The park will also be open Wednesday, July 4 from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

We examined every possible alternative, but it is apparent that the work is best conducted with the closure of the access road on weekdays until this phase of construction is complete, Bays Mountain Park Manger Ken Childress said. We very much regret the inconvenience, but look forward to having a much better access road without future obstructions when this work is complete.

Regular updates on the construction project will be provided on the Bays Mountain Park website,, while construction is underway.