Engineering funds for Kingsport's Memorial Blvd. included in TDOT proposal


The Tennessee Department of Transportation released a list of transportation projects Tuesday earmarked for funding under the just-approved IMPROVE Act.

Those proposals are for either planning or construction over the next three years thanks to state coffers that will be flush with cash thanks to a legislative move last month to raise Tennessee's gas tax by six cents over the next four years.

That includes $150 million in new dollars to help TDOT with a long list of backlogged projects that date back several years.

The local projects included in that plan:

Right-of-way acquisition funding and construction of a 5-mile extension of West Elk Avenue in Elizabethton. Preliminary engineering work for safety improvements on Memorial Boulevard (Route 126) in Kingsport and Sullivan County in FY 2018. Construction funding in FY 2020 for spot improvements on Sullivan Gardens Parkway in Kingsport from Horse Creek to Derby Drive.

Residents along Memorial in Kingsport have lobbied for changes on the narrow, two-lane due to crashes and fatalities over the years.