Welcome to the Department of Public Works web page for capital projects.
The mission of Public Works is "to plan, construct and maintain high quality public infrastructure and provide public works' services that make it possible to achieve the economic and quality of life priorities of the community." Construction is therefore central to our mission and given the nature and size of Public Works' projects our construction activities tend to be very visible in the community.
With this in mind, we developed this capital projects web page to provide you with an up-to-date source of information on capital projects underway in Kingsport. As you read about our projects, I hope you will see that the City's leadership is committed to providing the modern conveniences expected in a full service city and Public Works is the primary department responsible for managing the public infrastructure that provide the many services you enjoy each day - running water, flushing toilets, trash collection, leaf collection, snow removal, paving city streets, walking the dog on city sidewalks, and so on.
If you were able to assign a dollar value to all of the city's public infrastructure it would total in the range of one-half to three-quarters of a billion dollars. That is an enormous investment and like any investment it must be managed every day including routine maintenance and planned upgrades to meet the changing needs of Kingsport residents and businesses.
The city's public infrastructure is on-duty and in-use 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. That heavy demand takes its toll and in order to ensure that the next time you turn on your faucet you have the fresh clean water that you expect, we have to continually re-invest in the water plant that produces your water and the pipes that deliver it right to your home. These are the types of projects listed on this web site.
The City's capital projects are your tax dollars at work for you, so we are doing everything we can on this web site to give you information about each of the City's capital projects. In addition, if there are projects that you believe warrant consideration for future funding, we have developed an on-line "Capital Projects Request Form" for you to submit a request to us directly. Our engineering staff will review each request and make recommendations for future projects as capital funding permits.
This web site is designed for you so if we can make changes to improve the site please let us know.
Dave Ruller, Director of Public Works