Beginning next week (April 25), the City of Kingsport and Pavewell Paving Company will begin street resurfacing work in the Lynn Garden neighborhood.
The paving work involves nine miles of streets on the eastern side of Lynn Garden Drive. Pavewell will resurface Virginia Street, Mullins Street, Kyle Street, Walker Street, Goal Street and Clark Circle through the use of $500,000 in America Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds. City work crews will resurface the remaining streets in that area.
Pavewell is scheduled to be complete by May 27. City crews will work through the summer.
Detour signs will be in place at various locations during construction. Motorists are asked to use caution when traveling near this area and use alternative routes to reach their destination.
Kingsport continues to make street resurfacing a high priority this year, all the while working under a sustainable program where city-owned streets are paved every 20 to 25 years.
For the past six years Kingsport has taken a data-driven approach to street resurfacing. Through the use of a specialized vehicle, all of Kingsport’s roads were scanned in 2016 and ranked from 0 to 100 based on condition.
This assessment found that the citywide average Pavement Condition Index (PCI) was 60.65. A second assessment done this past fall found the PCI to be 67.88. The ultimate goal is to reach a PCI of 70.
In recent years, Kingsport has budgeted $2 million to $3 million a year on street resurfacing, which amounts to 17 to 21 miles of city roads being repaved every year. In addition to city-funded paving, nearly $10 million in state funds was allocated last year for the repaving of 16 miles of state highways throughout the Model City.
Kingsport set a goal of increasing its PCI by five points from 2016 to 2021. According to the latest assessment, the PCI increased by more than seven points.
“We grew the percentage of roads in good shape and shrunk the percentage of roads in bad shape,” Deputy City Manager Ryan McReynolds said. “We’ve not corrected all of the roads in Kingsport, but we have good data that says we’re on the proper path.”
For more information on Kingsport’s paving schedule visit www.pavekingsport.com.