Pretreating the streets with brine is the first step when the winter weather starts. Brine, a liquid salt mixture, has the same melting characteristics of solid rock salt but is more effective in lower temperatures. Using brine as a preventative measure, it takes four times less salt to prevent accumulation than to remove the snow and ice after it’s been formed.
Once snow has started to fall, the city snow removal crews take their places and prepare to start clearing road. The city has over 30 vehicles equipped with snow plows and salt spreaders.
After the last snowflake falls, the crews start the snow removal process in the first priority area – state road routes. Once the state roads are cleared, the crews begin moving into the next priority area and move on from there.
It takes between 24 to 36 hours for the total operation to be complete.
Once the snow removal operation is complete, crews will work in areas that might need more attention and will recheck areas around the schools. They also check neighborhoods for icy patches.
In 2015 Kingsport used 3,853 tons of salt for snow removal; 3,813 tons of salt were applied in 2014. Over the last four years, the city has used an average of 3,479 tons per year.
Currently, Kingsport has 3,500 tons of salt on hand, and contracts in place to procure another 6,000 tons of salt if needed.
Snow Removal Priority List
NOTE: This list is the general guide by which snow removal is performed by city crews. Please note, if emergency or extenuating circumstances arise, deviations from this list may occur.
A. Priority 1 – State Routes The following areas are the first to be cleared:
State Route 11W (Stone Dr.) – City Limits to City Limits
State Route 126 (Memorial Blvd.) – Fort Henry to City Limits
State Route 36 (Forty Henry) – Center St. to City Limits
State Route 36 (Center St.) – Netherland Inn Rd. to Memorial Blvd.
State Route 36 (Lynn Garden Dr.) – Center St. to City Limits
State Route 355 (Industry Dr.) – Center St. to Wilcox
State Route 93 (Old Wilcox Dr.)- Center St. to City Limits
State Route 93 (J. B. Dennis) – Non controlled access sections
State Route 126 (Wilcox Dr.) – Center St. to J. B. Dennis
State Route 357 (Airport Parkway) City Limits to City Limits
B. Priority 2 – Collector Streets The following collector streets are next for snow removal:
Sullivan to Clinchfield to Ravine to Watauga to N. Eastman
W. Carter’s Valley, Riverport, Brookside, Willowbrook & Rock Springs
Harbor Chapel to Cooks Valley to Lakes Valley to Abilene to Skyland to Cimarron to Thornton to Stratford
Netherland Inn to Ridgefields to Fleetwood & Pendragon to Netherland Inn to University to Lewis Lane
Sevier to Konnarock to Warpath to Orebank
Fairview to Granby to Clouds Ford to Union to Fort Robinson to Afton
Fall Creek Road, Lebanon Road, Kendrick Creek, Tri-Cities Crossing
C. Priority 3 – Neighborhoods
Once Priority 1 and 2 are cleared, the crews will move into neighborhoods.
Private Streets (The following streets are private and therefore not cleared by the City of Kingsport)