Kingston paving moves forward

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By Mike Gibson

The state highway funds Kingston officials have been looking to expend for well more than a year now appear to be in play.

City council members authorized the city manager to advertise for paving bids for North Kentucky Street at the Nov. 12 full council session.

Kingston has sought for some time now to put to good use around $330,000 in accumulated Surface Transportation Program funds, administered annually by the Tennessee Department of Transportation.
Previous plans for the funds — in the form of a parking expansion for the Ladd Greenway — had been disallowed by the state.

But the current plan — to pave Kentucky Street from I-40 to Hwy. 70, has full TDOT approval.

According to City Manager David Bolling, the city will issue RFQs, or requests for qualifications for the consulting and engineering contracts.

Ideally, he said, the city will be able to choose a low bid and award a contract next month.

Council approved the measure authorizing Bolling to advertise for bids by a 7-0 vote.