Friday, July 21, 2017

July 21st Update

CUMBERLAND AVENUE CORRIDOR PAVING SCHEDULED;
TEMPORARY NO-PARKING ZONES ON SIDE STREETS

                The $17 million Cumberland Avenue reconstruction project is drawing to a close, with the next big step starting on Sunday evening, July 23. Milling will begin on Cumberland Avenue and a dozen side streets that connect to Cumberland in preparation for paving.

                The milling and paving will be done by contract crews overnight – 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. – through Sunday, Aug. 6. Cumberland Avenue will be paved from 22nd Street to Henley Street, and side streets will be paved north of Cumberland to White Avenue and south of Cumberland to Lake Avenue.

Motorists should anticipate intermittent night-time detours, depending on where the milling and paving crews are working.

In addition, no-parking zones will be in effect on these side streets from 8PM - 6AM:

North of Cumberland to White Avenue

n  North 22nd Street;
n  North 21st Street;
n  North 20st Street;
n  North 19th Street;
n  North 18th Street; and
n  17st Street.

South of Cumberland to Lake Avenue

n  South 22nd Street;
n  South 21st Street;
n  Mountcastle Street;
n  South 19th Street;
n  South 18th Street; and
n  Melrose Place.


The Cumberland Avenue reconstruction project began with Knoxville Utilities Board infrastructure improvements in April 2015, and it’s scheduled to be completed by next month (August 2017).

Cumberland Avenue has been reconstructed between 22nd and 17th streets into a safer, more pedestrian-friendly corridor with a three-lane cross section, a raised median and left-turn lanes at intersections.

An earlier phase of work on the western end of Cumberland focused on improving traffic flow between the Alcoa Highway ramps and 22nd Street; that phase finished at the end of 2015, on time and under budget.


More information is available at www.CumberlandConnect.com, on the Cumberland Connect Facebook page, facebook.com/CumberlandConnect, and on the Cumberland Connect phone app. Or text VFL to 313131 to get text messages on the most current traffic updates.


Friday, July 7, 2017

July 7th Update

City of Knoxville - Go Vote! Event for the First District

What: First of six Go Vote! Knoxville public meetings (1st City Council District)

When: 5:30-7 p.m. on Monday, July 10, 2017

Where: South Knoxville Community Center, 522 Maryville Pike

              Who: Mayor Madeline Rogero, members of City Council, Knox County Election Commission staff, South Knoxville neighborhood leaders, and candidates running for Council seats in the 2017 City elections
  
Voters in the Aug. 29 primary and Nov. 7 general election will be electing five new City Council members – a majority of the seats on the nine-member Council. Mayor Rogero and members of the current City Council are encouraging voters to get to know the candidates and their issues, engage in the election process, and go vote.

Go Vote! Knoxville will include a series of six public meetings, one in each of the six City Council districts. The first of these meetings will be in South Knoxville’s 1st District on Monday, July 10. At these community meetings, Mayor Rogero, current Council members and neighborhood leaders will talk about this year’s elections and how citizens can get involved in shaping Knoxville’s future.

The City and local businesses will provide free pizza and snacks at these public meetings, as well as family-friendly games and activities. The Young at Heart group will bake treats for the July 10 meeting. The Knox County Election Commission will provide voter information, register new voters and demonstrate how to cast a ballot using its voting machines. Candidates will be introduced, and voters will have opportunities to talk one-on-one with them.

To reach the South Knoxville Community Center by KAT, take the Vestal Route 45 bus and get off at Mary Vestal Park.

Anyone needing a disability accommodation should contact the City’s ADA Coordinator, Stephanie Cook, at scook@knoxvilletn.gov or 865-215-2034. For an English interpreter, contact the City Law Department at 865-215-2050.

Cumberland Avenue Merchants Association (CAMA) - Monthly Meeting

Date: Wednesday, July 12 (note - meeting was moved to the 2nd Wednesday because of the July 4th holiday)

Time: 3:00 - 4:00 pm 

Location: Copper Cellar, 1807 Cumberland Avenue

What: The merchants and other interested stakeholders meet to discuss items of interest or concern and get updates on the City's Cumberland Avenue Corridor Project. This month CAMA officers have invited Council Candidates from the First District to attend the meeting - if you're unable to get to the Monday night Go Vote! event this is a great way to meet candidates.

The Two Week look ahead for construction information is available here or at www.cumberlandconnect.com.

Parking: Available parking is located at Copper Cellar. 

Community Events

Saturday, July 8, 2017
Market Square Farmer’s Market
Market Square, Market Street, Union Ave.
9:00am – 2:00pm
The Market Square Farmers’ Market is an open-air farmers’ market located on Market Square in the heart of downtown Knoxville. Everything at the MSFM is grown or made by the vendor in the East Tennessee region. Products vary by the seasons and include produce, eggs, honey, herbs, pasture-raised meat, bread, baked goods, salsas, coffee, artisan crafts, and more. With interactive fountains, delicious local food, and surrounded by shops and restaurants, the MSFM is a perfect family destination

Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Jazz on the Square
Market Square
8:00pm-10:00pm
Marble City 5 will perform a free concert every Tuesday through August 29

Wednesday July 12, 2017
Market Square Farmer’s Market
Market Square
11:00am – 2:00pm
The Market Square Farmers’ Market is an open-air farmers’ market located on Market Square in the heart of downtown Knoxville. Everything at the MSFM is grown or made by the vendor in the East Tennessee region. Products vary by the seasons and include produce, eggs, honey, herbs, pasture-raised meat, bread, baked goods, salsas, coffee, artisan crafts, and more. With interactive fountains, delicious local food, and surrounded by shops and restaurants, the MSFM is a perfect family destination. At the Wednesday market you’ll also find special offers from downtown merchants for market shoppers. Details at downtownknox.org/specials.

Thursday, July 13, 2017
Shakespeare on the Square - The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged)
Market Square
7:00pm
Features all 37 of Shakespeare’s plays, performed in 97 minutes, by three actors. Fast paced, witty, and physical, this show is full of laughter for Shakespeare lovers and haters alike!

Friday, July 14, 2017
Shakespeare on the Square – Two Gentleman of Verona
Market Square
7:00pm
The Two Gentlemen of Verona is commonly agreed to be Shakespeare’s first comedy, and probably his first play. A comedy built around the confusions of doubling, cross-dressing, and identity, it is also a play about the ideal of male friendship and what happens to those friendships when men fall in love.

Friday, June 2, 2017

June 2nd Update

Cumberland Avenue Merchants Association (CAMA) - Monthly Meeting

Date: Wednesday, June 7

Time: 3:00 - 4:00 pm 

Location: Copper Cellar, 1807 Cumberland Avenue

What: The merchants and other interested stakeholders meet to discuss items of interest or concern and get updates on the City's Cumberland Avenue Corridor Project.

At the April CAMA meeting, staff and Professor Cindy Raines presented and discussed the UT Marketing class assignment for marketing the Cumberland Avenue district. The final recommendations were presented on May 8th. A copy of their work will be available for review at the meeting. Hope you can make it! 

As always, the Two Week look ahead for construction is available here.

Parking: Available parking is located at Copper Cellar. 

We look forward to seeing you there! 

Friday, April 28, 2017

April 28th Update

Mayor Rogero Highlights the Cumberland Avenue Corridor Project in her State of the City Address 

April 28 at Suttree Landing Park in the South Waterfront





In her State of the City address today, Mayor Madeline Rogero said Knoxville is benefiting from new investment and energy across the city, and she proposed major initiatives in next year’s budget to build on that momentum. She also acknowledged the improvements on Cumberland Avenue.
"This year, we will also see progress on our investments in commercial corridors extending from downtown. The Cumberland Avenue Corridor will be completed by football season. On time and on budget, you can already see the new function, look, and feel of that corridor. Our $17 million dollar streetscape investment has leveraged $190 million to date in new private sector mixed-use development."
For the full budget address and documents click here. And for more about the project, construction, and timeline, visit www.cumberlandconnect.com or click here


Cumberland Avenue Merchants Association (CAMA) - Monthly Meeting

Date: Wednesday, May 3

Time: 3:00 - 4:00 pm* (NOTE - start time has returned to 3:00 PM) 

Location: Copper Cellar, 1807 Cumberland Avenue

What: The merchants and other interested stakeholders meet to discuss items of interest or concern and get updates on the City's Cumberland Avenue Corridor Project.

At the April CAMA meeting, staff and Professor Cindy Raines presented and discussed the UT Marketing class assignment for marketing the Cumberland Avenue district. Please remember that they will be providing their final recommendations to the class and merchants on Monday, May 8. For more information, attend the regular CAMA meeting - May 3.  

Parking: Available parking is located at Copper Cellar. 

We look forward to seeing you there! 

UT Update
Classes end today! Best of luck to all students as they start final exams on Tuesday, May 2 and congratulations to those graduating May, 11-13. Remember to be safe and enjoy this exciting time! 

As always, thanks for your interest in all things related to Cumberland Avenue - have a safe and enjoyable weekend...there's lots to do in and around Knoxville. 

Weekend Events
Friday April 28, 2017
Volapalooza
World’s Fair Park Performance Lawn 
This event has been moved to Thompson-Boling Arena due to the threat of rain.
5:00pm-11:00pm

Friday April 28 – Sunday April 30, 2017
Dogwood Arts festival
Market Square, Krutch Park Ext, Market Street
Friday: 11:00am – 9:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am – 9:00pm
Sunday: 11:00am – 5:00pm
With quality arts and crafts booths, performing arts, culinary arts demonstrations and tastings, and an expanded children’s creation station, several blocks of downtown Knoxville are transformed into a lively street fair for the Dogwood Arts Festival! http://www.dogwoodarts.com/dogwood-arts-festival/

Saturday April 29, 2017
Dogwood Classic 5K Run/Walk
Cherokee Blvd
8:00am

Saturday April 29, 2017

Walk MS Knoxville
World’s Fair Park
9:00am
Greenway Walk

Saturday April 29, 2017
Flavor Run 5K Race
Chilhowee Park & Exposition Center
7:00am-1:00pm
http://flavorrun.com/locations/knoxville.html

Monday, April 3, 2017

April 3rd Update

Cumberland Avenue Merchants Association (CAMA) - Monthly Meeting

Date: Wednesday, April 5

Time: 3:30 - 4:30 pm* (NOTE - start time has changed to 3:30) 

Location: Copper Cellar, 1807 Cumberland Avenue

What: The merchants and other interested stakeholders meet to discuss items of interest or concern and get updates on the City's Cumberland Avenue Corridor Project.

The April CAMA meeting scheduled for Wednesday, April 5, 2017 will start at 3:30 pm with the UT Marketing class presentation starting at 4 pm.  Please make arrangements to attend to see what these students have come up with to help us promote the Cumberland Avenue District from their research as they complete this end of semester project.

Parking: Available parking is located at Copper Cellar. 

Cumberland Avenue Construction Updates

For more information on what has been happening on the Avenue, make sure to check out our Two Week Look Ahead at www.cumberlandconnect.com or click right here

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

March 21st Update

CONSTRUCTION OF RAISED MEDIAN ON CUMBERLAND CONTINUES

                Since Monday, March 13, contractor crews have shifted the eastbound lane of Cumberland Avenue from 22nd to 19th streets and set the stage for the installation of the new concrete median. The next step in the process, starting Wednesday, March 22, is laying the new concrete curb with an extruded curb machine. This will require temporary, intermittent lane closures of Cumberland while the machine lays down the new median curbs.

                This is the latest development in the City’s $17 million reconstruction of Cumberland Avenue.

The concrete pours will be scheduled each day to avoid peak traffic hours and will be fully complete by 6 p.m. on Friday, March 24. Flaggers and police officers will be on site to direct traffic around the work zone. If traffic is heavier than expected, an alternate route will be designated and a detour will be implemented (see detour map).

Additionally, through traffic to points east or west of the area may want to consider using Neyland Drive as an alternate route.  

The work will occur starting at 19th Street in the eastbound traffic lane.

Mid-block left turns have been prevented so far by temporary barriers. The new medians will be between 3 feet and 13 feet wide, depending on turn lanes and Knoxville Area Transit bus infrastructure. Even though the number of traffic lanes on Cumberland has been reduced, the design is expected to reduce fender benders and improve traffic flow by eliminating blockages created by vehicles turning left across incoming traffic in the middle of the block.

More information is available at www.CumberlandConnect.com, on the Cumberland Connect Facebook page, facebook.com/CumberlandConnect, and on the Cumberland Connect phone app. Or text VFL to 313131 to get text messages on the most current traffic updates.


Friday, March 10, 2017

March 10th Update - Construction Milestone

CUMBERLAND AVENUE MILESTONE: CONSTRUCTION OF RAISED MEDIAN TO BEGIN MONDAY, MARCH 13

                By 6 a.m. Monday, March 13, contractor crews overnight will have shifted the eastbound lane of Cumberland Avenue from 22nd to 19th streets to allow construction of new raised medians to begin.

                This latest development in the City’s $17 million reconstruction of Cumberland Avenue represents a milestone, by two accounts.

First, the shift to the new eastbound lane, roughly 13 feet south of the current lane, will mean commuters will be driving on the permanent roadway.

That means that, as the streetscape amenities are finished on the south side of Cumberland, between 22nd and 19th streets, pedestrians and motorists will be able to envision more clearly than ever what the new Cumberland Avenue will look like.

The decorative bricks, silva cell beds for trees and landscaping, street lights and other amenities have been in place since last year on the north side. A three-block section of the south side streetscape currently is being finished, and work on the two blocks on the south side between 19th and 17th streets is now underway.

Second, the raised median being built will be an important new safety feature – creating an “island” that will help pedestrians crossing the street, while also limiting left turns by motorists to designated intersections.

Mid-block left turns have been prevented so far by temporary barriers. The new medians will be between 3 feet and 13 feet wide, depending on turn lanes and Knoxville Area Transit bus infrastructure. Even though the number of traffic lanes on Cumberland has been reduced, the design is expected to reduce fender benders and improve traffic flow by eliminating blockages created by vehicles turning left across incoming traffic in the middle of the block.


                “The project remains within budget and on schedule for substantial completion in August 2017,” said Anne Wallace, the City’s Deputy Director of Redevelopment. 

“Our aim has always been to create a more attractive, safer, logistically-improved and pedestrian-friendly Cumberland Avenue Corridor. The City’s investments are helping the district to continue to thrive as a residential, retail and entertainment district. To date, we’ve helped leverage $190 million in new private investments.”

                In other developments related to the Cumberland Avenue Corridor:

n  Vaughn & Melton, the City’s consulting engineers for the reconstruction project, reminds businesses to proactively coordinate deliveries of goods with their transport companies. Similar to how businesses downtown and on Market Square operate, Cumberland businesses are encouraged to request deliveries using smaller trucks, because full-size trucks will have difficulty making turns onto Cumberland between 17th and 22nd streets. Vaughn & Melton has offered to help businesses tailor a plan for deliveries if use of a smaller truck isn’t an option.

n  From mid-March to mid-August, the University of Tennessee will be installing new steam lines, vaults and water hydrants on a section of Volunteer Boulevard, requiring some lane closures.


n  From March 27 to March 31, a lane on Cumberland Avenue near the intersection with Philip Fulmer Way / James Agee Street will be closed while AT&T crews perform utility work.


More information is available at www.CumberlandConnect.com, on the Cumberland Connect Facebook page, facebook.com/CumberlandConnect, and on the Cumberland Connect phone app. Or text VFL to 313131 to get text messages on the most current traffic updates.



As always, thanks for your interest in Cumberland Avenue. Have a safe and fun filled weekend. Remember its Spring Break for UT and Knox County Schools!