Pavewell Paving Company will begin street resurfacing work later this year on a number of streets in the neighborhoods in and around the Walmart Supercenter on Fort Henry Drive.
The resurfacing work involves 3.5 miles of streets on both sides of Fort Henry Drive, including such streets as Atoka Lane, Cliffside Road, Dan Gibson Drive, Hull Drive, Melrose Avenue, Randolph Street and Short Ridge Place.
Last month, Kingsport approved an $829,725 contract with Pavewell for the work. The project has a completion date of Oct. 29, 2022.
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 the current fiscal year budget, Kingsport allocated $2.7 million for street resurfacing.
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.
For more information on Kingsport’s paving schedule and latest updates, visit www.pavekingsport.com.