| June 26, 2014 -
Anticipate seeing lots of asphalt trucks throughout Knoxville in the coming months.
It's the peak season for street repaving. The City of Knoxville will be resurfacing more than 54 miles of roads in the coming year. Roughly 9 miles are repaved in each City Council district each year.
"As a rule of thumb, local streets are resurfaced on a 20-year cycle, collectors every 15 years and arterials every 10 years," said Jim Hagerman, the City's Director of Engineering.
The primary function of local streets is to allow access to properties on the street, so local streets are typically neighborhood residential streets. The primary function of arterial streets is to move traffic; an example would be Kingston Pike. Collector streets fall in between the two – they both allow access to properties and move traffic, but to a lesser degree than local or arterial streets.
"We know that maintaining streets is very important to residents, and we want to be responsive and give residents a say in the resurfacing schedule," Hagerman said. "That's why we encourage Knoxvillians to call 311 and report potholes and worn asphalt.
"We drive every street every two years for site-specific evaluation. Because we recognize that we can't evaluate all of the roughly 1,000 miles of Knoxville streets as frequently as the people who live on them, we welcome citizen input. We compile a resurfacing schedule using common sense, even-handedness and sound engineering guidelines, and information from citizens is considered when choosing the streets to be resurfaced in a given year."
The 2014-15 budget reflects about $6.8 million for repaving - including an estimated $1 million from KUB.
"We put a lot of effort into coordinating with utilities so that they can avoid digging up freshly resurfaced streets," Hagerman said. "If there is extensive utility work on a street that would not otherwise need resurfacing, the utility company covers the cost of resurfacing."
for a complete list of streets being resurfaced this year.
Meanwhile, here's a highlighted list of some of the larger street repavings in each of the six City Council districts:
West Blount Avenue, between Hawthorne Avenue and West Martin Mill Pike
Lake Avenue, between Volunteer Boulevard and Melrose Place
Two sections of Magazine Road, from West End to Stone Road and from Stone Road to West Ford Valley Road
West Red Bud Road, between Chapman Highway and Mayflower Drive
Royal Heights Drive, between Stone Road and Judith Drive
Sarvis Drive, between Stone Road and Maple Loop Road
Neubert Springs Road, between West Martin Mill Pike and Okeh Lane
Bennett Place, between Middlebrook Pike and South End
Two sections of North Cedar Bluff Road, from Sherrill Boulevard to Interstate 40 and from I-40 to North Peters Road
Executive Park Drive, between North Cedar Bluff Road and Park Village Road
Manderly Way, between Somerset Road and Vanosdale Road
Park Village Road, between Parktop Lane and Executive Park Drive
North Peters Road, between North Cedar Bluff Road and Kingston Pike
Somerset Road, between Manderly Way and Manderly Way
Ainsworth Drive, between Corteland Drive and Marlboro Road
Broome Road, between Corteland Drive and Middlebrook Pike
Amherst Road, between Jackson Road and Middlebrook Pike
Cain Road, between McKamey Road and Lee Road
Cecil Johnson Road, between McKamey Road and Cain Road
Chatham Circle, between Glade Hill Drive and Glade Hill Drive
Glade Hill Drive, between Chatham Circle and Piney Grove Church Road
Lake Brook Boulevard, between North End and Middlebrook Pike
Park Hill Circle, between Glade Hill Drive and South End
Richmond Avenue, between Richmond Hill Road and Western Avenue
Dahlia Drive, between Bernhurst Drive and Hotel Road
Essary Drive, between North Broadway and Jacksboro Pike
East Glenwood Avenue, between North Broadway and North Sixth Avenue
Grainger Avenue, between North Broadway and Eighth Avenue
Three sections of Green Valley Drive, from South Chilhowee Drive to Farragut Drive, from Farragut Drive to Holston Hills Road, and from Holston Hills Road to East Sunset Road
Two sections of Luttrell Street, from East Glenwood Avenue to Lovenia Avenue and from Grainger Avenue to South End
Shady Dell Trail, between West Sunset Road and South Chilhowee Drive
Westover Terrace, between West Sunset Road and Holston Hills Road
Three sections of Bruhin Road, from Heins Court to Breda Drive, from Breda Drive to Heiskell Avenue, from East Inskip Drive to Tims Lane
Coster Road, between North End and Dutch Valley Drive
High School Road, between East Inskip Drive and Hayes Road
Ho-co-ta-ke Lane, between North End and Pleasant Ridge Road
East Inskip Drive, between I-75 and Bruhin Road
Inskip Road, between Cedar Lane and Bruhin Road
Tennessee Avenue, between Schofield Street and Burnside Street
Highland Drive, between Scheel Road and Inskip Road
Ailor Avenue, between North 21st Street and Western Avenue
Brooks Avenue, between Wilder Place and Boyds Bridge Pike
Dale Avenue, between the I-40 ramp and Western Avenue
Dartmouth Road, between Wedgewood Road and McDonald Road
Exemouth Drive, between Tynemouth Drive and Wedgewood Drive
Plymouth Drive, between McDonald Road and West Sunset Road
Wedgewood Drive, between Skyline Drive and West Sunset Road
Sutherland Avenue, between Hollywood Road and Tobler Lane