Kingsport Raw Water Project – COMPLETE

The purpose of the Raw Water Intake Project is to ensure a safe, reliable and continuous supply of drinking water to meet the needs of our current customers and for generations to come. It includes construction of a new raw water tunnel and a new raw water pump station at the water treatment plant, eliminating of the use of existing pumps and transmission lines.

Our drinking water comes from the South Fork Holston River. The intake is located approximately two miles below the dam and upstream from industry. Water is pumped through raw water pumps and then flows through three transmission pipes to the water treatment plant for treatment.

The Water Treatment Plant is Kingsport’s only water treatment facility. It will remain the primary source of drinking water for the area for many years to come. Therefore, its continued reliable operation is both necessary and vital for protection of human health and continued growth and sustainability for this region.

Reedy Creek Sewer Trunkline

Reedy Creek Sewer Line Development

The $6.8 million project will replace a trunk line that runs from Lovedale Drive to the city’s wastewater treatment facility shown here. Photo by Niki Ensor

Later this year, Kingsport will launch a major sewer project in the downtown area, replacing a decades old trunk line that stretches from Lovedale Drive to the city’s wastewater treatment facility.

Though the 15-month project will likely cause traffic delays for motorists, city officials say the work will greatly alleviate overflow issues the current pipe has experienced in the past.

The project, dubbed the Reedy Creek Sewer Trunkline Project, has been in the city’s long-range plan for several years, with behind-the-scenes work taking place, such as planning and property acquisition. With a bond issuance expected to take place later this year, the trunk line project came before the Board of Mayor and Aldermen on Tuesday night.

What city leaders approved Tuesday night was awarding the contract for the work to Garney Companies Inc. (of Kansas City) and transferring the necessary money to fund the project. According to city records, the total cost of the project is roughly $6.8 million.

“It’s going to have a lot of impact and a lot of benefit,” said Ryan McReynolds, assistant city manager for operations.

Work will include replacing 6,000 linear feet of clay sewer pipes, 24-inch and 30-inch in size, with newer pipe, mostly 48-inch but also some 36-inch, McReynolds said. Pipe being replaced stretches from the wastewater treatment facility on Industry Drive, underneath the railroad tracks to near Sullivan Street.

The project will then go down Center Street to roughly Lomax Street, then over to the old Fairway Ford property and finally across Sullivan to Lovedale.

The existing pipe is buried eight to 10 feet below the ground. The new pipe would be dug deep, 20 feet down, McReynolds said, making it a gravity line to the sewer plant. As a result, the pump station behind the apartments on Lovedale would be removed.

More than a decade ago, the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation issued an order for Kingsport to make certain corrective actions with its wastewater treatment process. Those actions have included a $20 million upgrade to the sewer plant along with this most recent replacement of the Reedy Creek trunk line.

What it all boils down to is the existing trunk line is too small and too old, McReynolds said. City officials estimate the pipe went in during the late 1930s or early 1940s.

During heavy rains, water seeps into the trunk line at its joints, thus overflowing the line. This sewer overflow then goes into the yards, the streets and parking lots and eventually makes its way into the city’s stormwater system, which then goes into the Holston River.

And therein lies the issue with TDEC. Of course, events such as these are rare, McReynolds said, and once the new line is installed, the problem is solved.

“Once implemented, the risk goes away, we’re in regulatory compliance and it allows for sustainable growth,” McRenyolds told the BMA.

The 15-month project is expected to begin by late fall and will have an impact on Center Street. Work will cause Center to be down to one lane in both directions with a detour for a short period of time, McReynolds said.

Original Article by Matthew Lane at the Kingsport Times-News

Indian Trail Drive Extension

The largest general fund item on the list is $3.8 million for the extension of Indian Trail Drive, from where it ends behind the Kmart Supercenter over to Eastman Road at the intersection with Reedy Creek Terrace.

Eastman Road and Stone Drive is the busiest intersection in Kingsport, with thousands of motorists passing through to get from one side of town to the other.

“Adding this extension will allow an alternate route to avoid that intersection and improve the traffic flow. It also opens up a potential redevelopment opportunity between Eastman Road and Stone Drive in the vicinity of Reedy Creek Terrace,” Fleming said. A future phase will improve Indian Trail Drive across Stone Drive and on to the John B. Dennis Highway.

Colonial Heights Phase II, III, and IV Sewer and Water – COMPLETE

When an area is annexed into the city, a plan of services is created to provide new city services and amenities to the area. A plan of services is an agreement between the city and new residents being brought into the city as to what they’ll receive in the context of city services. The plan includes, but is not limited to, water upgrades, sewer upgrades and street lighting, along with a time frame for completion of all projects. A plan of services must be completed within its specified time frame of the start date, and currently, all city plan of services for new areas are either fulfilled or scheduled to be completed on time to comply with the specified completion date.

Rock Springs is an area that has received much attention over the last ten years. In addition to sewer and water upgrades, a new school, John Adams Elementary School, and Fire Station #7 were built to service the area.

Colonial Heights is the area receiving the most attention with regard to completing its plan of services. Waterline upgrades and installation of fire hydrants are being completed, along with major sewer upgrades. Currently, the upgrades are in Phase 3 of 5 with the anticipated completion date of all five phases being November 2017.

In order to better inform residents affected by the sewer upgrades in Colonial Heights, the city mailed a letter to each resident affected by the project to provide an update and analysis of the sewer upgrade project phases. Information included items such as construction start date and timeline to completion, how construction will affect emergency and city services and what to do if your property gets unforeseen damage from the construction.

If you have questions about the plan of services for Colonial Heights or Rock Springs areas, please contact Ken Weems, zoning administrator, at 423-229-9368 or email If you have questions about the current sewer and water projects in these areas, please contact Hank Clabaugh, city engineer, at 423-229-9475 or email

Centennial Park – COMPLETE

As the Kingsport Centennial approaches in 2017, Kingsport Community Foundation is collaborating with the City of Kingsport Centennial Commission to accomplish the Centennial Park Project. Celebrating the Kingsport Spirit, Kingsport’s Centennial Park will provide a unique destination and link to downtown Kingsport that commemorates the community’s past, present and future.

View the Centennial Park Brochure.