KINGSPORTOn December 22, 2015, City officials celebrated the reopening of West Sullivan Street with a ceremony removing of the barricades ‚¬ just in time for Christmas.

Its a wonderful holiday present to our community, said Mayor John Clark. Im so proud of City staff for once again delivering a first-class project on time and within budget. Id like to recognize the staff project team for successfully designing and constructing this $1.67 million project.‚  They are Michael Thompson, Jacob Grieb, Chris Alley and Keith Davis.

West Sullivan Street was the original Knoxville Highway. Since its original construction nearly 100 years ago, there has not been much more than routine maintenance.‚  As traffic increased, turn lanes were painted at key intersections to relieve bottlenecks, but the roadway was never widened.

The Sullivan Street project was intended to improve the access and safety of those traveling between Lynn Garden Drive (State Route 36) and Center Street (also State Route 36).‚  Criteria used to determine the need for construction included traffic flow improvement, mobility/access improvement, environmental impact, economic redevelopment, cost, safety improvement, public support, residential disruption and active transportation enhancement.

Phase 1 improved the intersection of Clinchfield and Sullivan Street and replaced two aging traffic signals.‚ Phase 1 was completed in December 2013.

During Phase 2, the existing road was widened for the needed three lanes to provide access to the residential and commercial uses along the road.‚ The new roadway provides adequate room for three lanes.‚ The roadway provides a vital link around the edge of downtown.

The Sullivan Street project included upgraded water lines and storm lines, widening of the sidewalk on the north side of the road, and the addition of a sidewalk along the south side.‚  Overhead utilities were put underground to provide aesthetic improvements, and decorative light poles now illuminate the street and sidewalks.

City staff and BMA continue to prioritize local road improvements based on factors such as safety, economic impact, and return on investment.‚  With the completion of Sullivan St, were turning our attention to Main Street, completing the last remaining section of Rock Springs Road, and replacing the Fort Robinson Bridge, said Fleming.