Newport to Replace Old Brick Streets, Repair Others
A pair of Newport's historic brick streets will be converted to asphalt while another will be shored up and preserved.
The city commission decided on Monday to award a contract to Eaton Asphalt to replace the brick streets on Dayton and John Streets. Southgate Street's bricks will remain, City Manager Tomm Fromme said. "The damage is so substantial, we needed to just go ahead and fix the streets. It's not cost effective trying to restore these streets at this point," Fromme said.
"Most of the bricks are gone," Fromme said of John Street near the Campbell County Fiscal Court building. "Southgate Street is one we're looking at hot and heavy to see what we can do with that street."
"One compromise was preserving (Southgate) Street with brick," City Commissioner John Hayden said.
Commissioner Beth Fennell did support the removal of the bricked streets. "I can't support this," she said. "It's a lovely accent in our community. I drive up John Street every night I leave these meetings. I understand most people's motivation in driving is to get to point to point as quickly as they can. It's sad to see another part of our history go."
The city commission had also voted to reallocate funds previously earmarked to salvage an historic building downtown, the fate of which is now uncertain without the city's plans.