[UPDATE: August 28 – The City of Kingsport is continuing to make critical wastewater system repairs to the West Kingsport Pump Station and force main on Netherland Inn Road. Part of the nearly $6 million project is to excavate, install and backfill a new, larger force main from the pump station at the Ridgefields Bridge to the Waste Water Treatment Plant on Industry Drive.  Excavation of the new force main has been delayed due to heavy formations of rock being encountered along the path but has progressed to the point that Stage 1 is completed.  Stage 2 of the Greenbelt closure near Boatyard Riverfront Park is described below and shown visually on the picture below.

Stage 1:  Completed.

Stage 2: Closure of the Greenbelt northern path to all foot and bike traffic from just west of the foot bridge over Dry Hollow to the Ridgefield Bridge from today until completed.  During this time the Greenbelt, via the southern path at Boatyard Riverfront Park, will be fully open for east to west travel.

Automobile access to the parking area at Boatyard Riverfront Park will remain open throughout Stage 2, except when the contractor is actually installing the force main across the entrance (1-2 days max if heavy rock formation is not present). There may also be a temporary closure of the playground area at the park when the contractor nears that location if they are still encountering heavy rock requiring hammering with their heavy equipment.]

Greenbelt Closure_Stage 2

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The City of Kingsport is currently making critical wastewater system repairs to the West Kingsport Pump Station and force main on Netherland Inn Road.  Part of the nearly $6 million project is to excavate, install and backfill a new, larger force main from the pump station at the Ridgefields Bridge to the Waste Water Treatment Plant on Industry Drive.

During the next two months, portions of the Greenbelt will be closed in stages near Boatyard Riverfront Park to support this construction as follows:

Stage 1:  Closure of the Greenbelt to all foot and bike traffic from just West of the I-26 overpass to the walking bridge over Dry Hollow from May 26, 2020 to June 26, 2020.  Areas of the Greenbelt to the east and west of this area will remain open for use.

Stage 2: Closure of the Greenbelt northern path to all foot and bike traffic from just west of the foot bridge over Dry Hollow to the Ridgefield Bridge from June 29, 2020 to July 28, 2020.  During this time the Greenbelt, via the southern path at Boatyard Riverfront Park, will be fully open for east to west travel.

Automobile access to the parking area at Boatyard Riverfront Park will remain open throughout Stage 1 and Stage 2, except when the contractor is actually installing the force main across the entrance (1-2 days max).

Motorists, bicyclists, runners and walkers are urged to slow down, obey all warnings, detours and path closed signs, while also using extreme caution when traveling in this area.  If you have any questions, please call (423) 229-9454.

Greenbelt Stage 1

Greenbelt Stage 2

[UPDATE 3/31/2020: Main Street will see periodic closings during the time AEP is installing poles. The closure is for the safety of motorists traveling through the area. Detour signs will be in place and each closure shouldn’t be longer than a day.]

Currently AEP is working to place poles that will allow the eventual removal of the pole line along the north side of Main St.  Beginning the week of March 1st the AEP work will move into the roadway on the south side of the road in the parking areas to erect the new transmission poles.  Traffic impacts are expected to be intermittent lane closures and flagging operations.  Access to all businesses will be maintained.  More information about the overall project can be found at:

https://www.kingsporttn.gov/city-services/kmtpo/mtpo-projects/main-street-project/

The City of Kingsport will be performing sanitary sewer extensions in the Tri Cities crossing area over the next six months. The focused area of this work is in the vicinity of Mitchell Road and Fordtown Road.

Baker’s Construction Services will be the contractor performing this work for the city.

The construction zones will be marked by signs and directed by flaggers – when required. Drivers are asked to use caution in the area during this time. If you have any questions, please contact Hank Clabaugh with the City of Kingsport Engineering Division at 229-9324. Thanks for your cooperation during this improvement process.