City wants to paint CSX bridge; CSX says ... pay us $10,000 to review your plan
Railroads quit painting bridges due to the cost, especially since now that flaking lead paint chips would need to be contained. So here Kingsport TN is offering to take on that expense, but CSX won't even consider it unless the City pays CSX to evaluate the plans.
Kingsport hopes to spruce up CSX bridge over Wilcox Drive
KINGSPORT — One of the main entrances into downtown is on track for a fresh coat of paint, some landscaping and the addition of nine simple letters.
The entrance in question is the CSX bridge over Wilcox Drive. A bridge thousands of people pass under every day. It’s one of the gateways into downtown Kingsport, and for years city leaders have placed a focus on improving the look of many of the city’s entrances.
Ryan McReynolds, assistant city manager for operations, said the plan is for Kingsport to repaint the bridge (with a CSX-approved coating of course), landscape the four quadrants around the bridge and put the word “Kingsport” on the Eastman side of it.
Funding for the project will come from AEP franchise fee money, though the actual cost is not known at this time. City leaders hope work could begin later this year.
But first, CSX will have to review Kingsport’s plan for the bridge. Last week, the Board of Mayor and Alderman signed off on a $10,000 agreement with CSX to do just that.
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