Kingsport Public Works -- Street Resurfacing Program 2002

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The Department of Public Works is responsible for the annual maintenance of 394 miles (approximately 802 lane miles) of streets and highways spread over a 43 square mile area. Streets are used for commercial and industrial purposes, provide mobility for residents, offer enhancements to one's quality of life, serve citizens in emergencies and provide access for public safety. Preserving the infrastructure and the investments made in it are of primary importance to a city. For safety and aesthetics, streets are swept quarterly, marked annually and cleared during snowstorms. Preventative and routine maintenance measures are on going to include: pothole patching, utility cut repair, crack sealing and most visibly, resurfacing. These activities combine to preserve the asset value of a city's street network.

Concrete streets have a functional life of 50 - 60 years (even longer as Kingsport's experiences have shown), while asphalt streets have an asset life of 15 - 20 years, if properly maintained. resurfacing is an integeral part of street maintenance; it provides a new wearing course for pavement affected by high traffic volumes, weather and oxidation damage.

Each year, city forces perform a condition assessment of the streets, rating pavement conditions for alligator cracks, bumps or sags, corrugation (wash boarding), edge breakups and drop-offs, joint cracking, rutting and general rideability. Streets are identified also because of sewer line installations or I and I (Inflow and Infiltration) work.

Based on these criteria and available funding, streets are selected for resurfacing. The work is performed by both city crews and contractor crews depending upon city workloads. This fiscal year the list includes 34 of streets or 7.5 miles of resurfacing work.

Street From To Status
Beverly Hills St. Memorial Blvd. Locust St. Finished
Bond Dr. Glenwood St. Beverly Hills St. Finished
Bond Ln. Bond Dr. Beverly Hills St. Finished
Glenwood St. Memorial Blvd. Glenwood St. Finished
Bonita St. Busbee St. Locust St. Finished
Locust St. Beverly Hills St. Hawthorne St. Finished
Hawthorne St. Bonita St. Memorial Blvd. Finished
Woodridge Ave. Amy Ave. Orebank Rd. Finished
Chippendale Rd. Ambleside Rd. Malvern Rd. Finished
Mullins St. 340 Mullins St. Ridgecrest Ave. Finished
Ridgecrest Ave. Mullins St. Walker St. Finished
Wampler St. Glen Ave. Virgil Ave. Finished
Ashfield Dr. Wiembley Dr. Circle Finished
Cumberland St. Market St. Sullivan St. Finished
Island St. Center St. Market St. Finished
Sherwood Rd. Ft. Henry Dr. Konnarock Rd. Finished
Eastern Star Rd. City Limit Fordtown Rd. Finished
Boulder Ct. Bloomingdale Pike Circle Finished
Idle Hour Rd. Clint St. St. Eric's Ct. Finished
Lamberth St. Chestnut Hills Dr. City Limit Finished

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