Tuesday, May 3, 2016

May 3rd Update

KUB Update - Work in N. 18th and 17th Street

(Fort Sanders Area) S. Seventeenth Street Lane Closure & Eighteenth Street Road Closure [May 3-13] – KUB crews will implement the following traffic control measures nightly from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. starting Tuesday, May 3, through Friday, May 13, as work is performed on the electric distribution system to support new development in the area:

• S. Seventeenth Street – Lane closure between Clinch Avenue and Cumberland Avenue of both southbound lanes. Both northbound lanes will be maintained, and southbound traffic will be detoured to Clinch Avenue and Sixteenth Street.

• Eighteenth Street – Road closure between White Avenue and Cumberland Avenue. Alternate routes include Nineteenth Street and Sixteenth Street.

This work will also include a closure of the alleyway connecting S. Seventeenth Street and Eighteenth Street. Work will be performed week nights, with all lanes reopened outside of work hours and on weekends. Follow up advisories will be issued as necessary.

Some listed closures may extend beyond the scheduled times depending on the conditions encountered during excavation and construction. Appropriate traffic control measures, including flagmen, will be in place at this location to assist motorists traveling in the area. Due to the ongoing presence of workers and equipment, motorists are advised to use caution and expect temporary delays in this area.

Cumberland Avenue Merchants Association (CAMA) - Monthly Meeting

Date: Wednesday, May 4
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.

Parking: Available parking is located at Copper Cellar. 

Cumberland Avenue Construction 

The Two Week Look ahead from April 28 is available here or at www.cumberlandconnect.com. N. 18th Street will also be closed during the day for work related to the Streetscape project from May 3 - Friday, May 6th. 

'What to Expect' Brochures Detail Streetscape Work Scheduled on Cumberland Avenue
Property owners on Cumberland Avenue possess a lot of great retail and culinary expertise. Need Vol attire? Looking for a mouth-watering meal after class, or after a University of Tennessee game? The Cumberland Avenue merchants are the pros.

But when it comes to knowing exactly what to expect during the $17 million two-year Cumberland Avenue reconstruction, merchants and other stakeholders turn to the City of Knoxville and its construction engineering consulting contractor, Vaughn & Melton, for assistance.

A new brochure explains in step-by-step detail the eight-week process for building in each block of Cumberland new curbs and sidewalks and for installing state-of-the-art Silva Cells - hundreds of underground tree-root boxes, or structural frames, that help urban trees to flourish by supporting the weight of the new sidewalks without compressing the soil. 

New "What to Expect" brochures detail streetscape work coming block by block on Cumberland Avenue.

"The 'What to Expect' brochures are helpful in communicating to merchants specifically how the public right-of-way near their property will be transformed in the coming months," said Anne Wallace, the City's Deputy Director of Redevelopment.

"The brochures also lay out a timeline for how long each step in the two-month-long installation process is likely to take, with photographs showing the 'before,' 'during' and 'after' results. It's a good communication tool that helps the Cumberland business owners better plan for and understand the construction."

You can download a PDF of the brochure by clicking here: WhatToExpect.pdf.

This week, crews are working on curbs, gutters and Silva Cell installation in the 2000 block of Cumberland Avenue.

The infrastructure upgrades are part of the City of Knoxville’s $17 million Cumberland Avenue reconstruction, to be completed by August 2017.

The reconstruction will change the existing four-lane Cumberland between 22nd and 17th streets to a three-lane cross section with 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.

The City’s investment in infrastructure and streetscape upgrades will create a more attractive, safer, pedestrian-friendly Cumberland Avenue Corridor.

Needing information about lane closures? Visit www.CumberlandConnect.com, or check the Cumberland Connect Facebook page, facebook.com/CumberlandConnect. Better yet, download the Cumberland Connect phone app, or text VFL to 313131 to get text messages on the most current traffic updates.

Friday, April 15, 2016

April 15th Update - Orange & White Game (April 16) & Selfie with Smokey!

CUMBERLAND AVENUE VOL SPIRIT: MERCHANTS OFFER
‘SELFIES WITH SMOKEY’ DURING ORANGE AND WHITE GAME

A Cumberland Avenue Merchants Association (CAMA) promotion is adding to the Vol spirit surrounding Saturday’s Orange and White Game – and the football faithful visiting the Strip before and after Saturday’s game will be eligible for random prize drawings.

CAMA is sponsoring the first-ever Selfie With Smokey promotion. Fans can shoot selfies of themselves with cutouts of UT’s Smokey and the logos of participating businesses to become eligible for the drawings (more than a dozen prizes are available), such as gift cards from the Hilton Garden Inn and Copper Cellar.

Just tag your social-media posts #SelfieWithSmokey. The promotion runs from 11 a.m. Saturday until 9 p.m. that night. For details, please visit www.cumberlandconnect.com.

Just as the University of Tennessee football team will divide into an “orange” squad and a “white” squad for Saturday’s scrimmage, so too will the merchants.

Participating merchants on the north side of Cumberland Avenue will be the “white” team. They include Mellow Mushroom, Starbucks, Copper Cellar, Cookout, Insomnia Cookies, University Liquors, Niro’s Gyros, Jimmy John’s, Walgreens and Chipolte Mexican Grill.

Participating merchants south of Cumberland, the “orange” team, include the Hilton Garden Inn, Firehouse Subs, McDonald’s, Moe’s, Wendy’s, Taco Bell, Subway, Sunspot, Panera Bread and Jason’s Deli.

Which set of merchants will generate the most selfies – the orange businesses on the south or the white north-siders?

The UT game kicks off at 2:05 p.m. Gates open at 12:30 p.m.

Fan Day autograph-seekers can meet Head Coach Butch Jones and UT players on the field from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Those attending Fan Day must enter from Gate 7; the gate opens at 10:30 a.m. for Fan Day participants.


Meanwhile, please remember that the reconstruction of Cumberland Avenue is continuing between 17th and 22nd streets. The work is a $17 million City commitment to a vibrant Cumberland Avenue Corridor that will be safer, more attractive and pedestrian-friendly when the project is finished by late summer 2017.

On Saturday, anticipate game-day traffic and be sure to give yourself plenty of time to get to and from the game. Arrive early, and get a head start on shooting your selfies with Smokey!

Free parking is available at the University of Tennessee Agriculture Campus, with free shuttles running throughout the day. A few tips:

-  If parking at the Agriculture Campus, remember to use Neyland Drive and avoid driving on Cumberland Avenue.
-  Shuttles from parking areas start running at 11 a.m. from the Agriculture Campus, Stephenson Drive and the Kingston Pike building off of Concord Street.
-  Free parking is available everywhere on campus along with free admission to the game. A parking map is available at http://www.utsports.com/gameday/football/.

Generally, City traffic planners are recommending that commuters north of Cumberland use 17th Street to Clinch Avenue (or Grand to 17th Street when leaving Fort Sanders), while south-side motorists use Neyland Drive and Joe Johnson Drive.

With the Smoky Mountain Air Show happening at McGhee Tyson Airport this weekend, commuters are encouraged to avoid Alcoa Highway if possible.

Most importantly, officials are recommending that Orange and White Game fans arrive early and allow plenty of time to get parked and to access Neyland Stadium due to the Cumberland Avenue construction and possible congestion on Alcoa Highway.


Additional traffic tips and updates are available on 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.


Overnight Closures on Cumberland Avenue

There will be overnight closures of Cumberland between 19th Street and 17th Streets again on Monday, April 18, Tuesday, April 19, and Wednesday, April 20 from 10 PM to 6 AM to install south side water services to merchants. Overnight closures are weather permitting. Cumberland Avenue will NOT be closed during the day or early evening hours. 


Please see the detour map below.

The work scheduled for  Wednesday, April 13 through Saturday, April 16 on 18th Street south of Cumberland Avenue has been pushed out to a future date. For more information about the project be sure to check out the Two Week Look Ahead on www.cumberlandconnect.com.

As always, thanks for your interest in all things relating to Cumberland Avenue. Hope you have a safe and fun-filled weekend. Be sure to get out and support your Orange and White merchants and Go VOLS! 






Monday, April 11, 2016

April 11th Update - Overnight Closures on Cumberland

Overnight Closures on Cumberland Avenue

As noted in the Two Week Look Ahead on Cumberland Connect, there will be overnight closures of Cumberland between 19th Street and 17th Streets on Monday, April 11, Tuesday, April 12, and Wednesday, April 13 from 10 PM to 6 AM to install south side water services to merchants. Overnight closures are weather permitting. Cumberland Avenue will NOT be closed during the day or early evening hours. 


Please see the detour map below.

Additionally, beginning Wednesday, April 13, and continuing through Saturday, April 16, the northbound lane of South 18th will be closed to install a new 8” water line in South 18th from Cumberland Ave. to Lake Ave. This closure will be in effect day and night. During this time the entrance to McDonald’s will remain open and eastbound Cumberland traffic will be allowed to turn right from Cumberland and travel south down South 18th to access the McDonald’s entrance. This closure will only impact traffic from Lake Ave. traveling north towards Cumberland Ave.


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.

Community Events

Saturday, April 16th 
Orange and White Game

The Vols will hold their annual DISH Orange & White Game on April 16 with a 2 p.m., kickoff at Neyland Stadium.
Since Butch Jones' arrival, the Orange & White Games have featured three of the top four crowds in Vol history. In his first game in 2013, a crowd of 61,076 came out to Neyland Stadium. In 2014, 68,548 were in attendance, marking the second-largest crowd for a spring game in UT history. Last season in 2015, 63,016 came out for the third-largest crowd all-time. The record of 73,801 was set at the 1986 O&W Game following the Vols' Sugar Bowl win.
Spring practices for Team 120 will begin on March 7. Tennessee will have 15 practices culminating with the April 16 Orange & White Game.
Cumberland Avenue Merchants Association is planning a special event for the 2016 Orange and White Game - stay tuned for more information! Go Vols! 

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

April 6th Update

THURSDAY NIGHT CLOSURE OF 17th STREET REQUIRED
TO CONTINUE UPGRADES TO NATURAL GAS INFRASTRUCTURE

KUB and its contractor will be closing a section of 17th Street between Cumberland Avenue and White Avenue from 10 p.m. Thursday, April 7, until 6 a.m. Friday, April 8, as work continues on the natural gas system.

East-west Cumberland Avenue motorists will not be affected by the overnight closure on 17th Street.

To access westbound Cumberland Avenue, southbound 17th Street motorists should detour right onto Clinch Avenue, then turn left onto 22nd Street to connect with Cumberland. To access eastbound Cumberland, drivers on 17th Street should detour left onto White Avenue, then right onto 16th Street to connect with Cumberland.

The infrastructure upgrades are part of the City of Knoxville’s $17 million Cumberland Avenue reconstruction, to be completed by August 2017.

The reconstruction will change the existing four-lane Cumberland between 22nd and 17th streets to a three-lane cross section with 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.

The City’s investment in infrastructure and streetscape upgrades will create a more attractive, safer, pedestrian-friendly Cumberland Avenue Corridor.

Meanwhile, work on an unrelated private development project will close a section of 18th Street between Cumberland and White avenues between Monday, April 11, and Thursday, April 14. The work also will reduce 17th Street to one lane in each direction.

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.


Cumberland Avenue Merchants Association (CAMA) - Monthly Meeting - TODAY
Date: Wednesday, April 6
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.

Parking: Available parking is located at Copper Cellar. 

Friday, March 11, 2016

TWO SHORT-TERM CLOSURES ON SECTIONS OF CUMBERLAND AVENUE SCHEDULED IN THE COMING WEEK

A contractor, Southern Constructors Inc., will be closing Cumberland Avenue twice next week, part of the City’s ongoing reconstruction of Cumberland.

The first closure, weather permitting, will occur at 17th Street this weekend to accommodate underground utility installation. Cumberland Avenue will be closed starting at 5 a.m. Saturday, March 12. The intersection is scheduled to reopen at 6 a.m. Monday, March 14.

Through traffic this weekend should use Volunteer Boulevard as an alternate route. Local traffic may detour onto White Avenue or Lake Avenue.



Southern Constructors Inc. will then close Cumberland Avenue between 20th and 22nd streets overnight, starting at 10 p.m. on Tuesday, March 15, to install a natural gas main across Cumberland. The avenue will reopen at 6 a.m. Wednesday, March 16.

Eastbound commuters should detour using 22nd Street to Terrace Avenue to 19th Street back to Cumberland. Westbound commuters will detour onto 20th Street to Clinch Avenue to 22nd Street before returning to Cumberland.

                Anne Wallace, the City’s Deputy Director of Redevelopment, said the work represents a small milestone, because the utility work has rolled out to the eastern edge of the Cumberland Project.

Merchants are enthusiastic about the transformation taking place, she said. The City and its contractors, she added, are committed to working with stakeholders to minimize road-closure inconveniences by carefully scheduling them in a way that maintains access to the restaurants and retailers. For example, these Cumberland closures were intentionally scheduled during the University of Tennessee’s spring break to minimize the impact.

Meanwhile, three other closures are scheduled next week in the Cumberland Avenue Corridor:

  17th Street: One northbound lane of 17th Street between Cumberland and White avenues is scheduled to be closed next week. Southern Constructors Inc. will be installing a new water main.

  North 19th Street: Southern Constructors Inc. is installing a storm drain between Cumberland and White avenues. North 19th Street will be closed next week.

  Clinch Avenue: Ascend Wireless will be parking a crane and doing work between 17th and 18th streets. Clinch Avenue will be closed between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 16.

To know before you go, visit our Google map with projects in the area, available here.

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 4, 2016

March 4th Update

CUMBERLAND AVENUE MINI-MILESTONE: UTILITY WORK
REACHES EASTERN EDGE OF RECONSTRUCTION PROJECT

Phase II work is progressing for the Cumberland Avenue reconstruction project, with six street closures scheduled through mid-March – including a complete closure of Cumberland Avenue at 17th Street the weekend of March 12-14.

Southern Constructors Inc. will be closing the Cumberland-17th Street intersection to accommodate underground utility installation starting at 5 a.m. Saturday, March 12. The intersection is scheduled to reopen at 6 a.m. Monday, March 14.

During the closures, through traffic should use Volunteer Boulevard as an alternate route. Local traffic may detour onto White Avenue or Lake Avenue.

            “This part of the project represents a small milestone, because the utility work has rolled out to the eastern edge of the Cumberland Project,” said Anne Wallace, the City’s Deputy Director of Redevelopment. “We are pleased that the underground utility work is on schedule and should be completed in the near future.

“The merchants are enthusiastic about the transformation taking place. We’re committed to working with them to minimize road-closure inconveniences by carefully scheduling them in a way that maintains access to the restaurants and retailers. For example, the Cumberland closure was intentionally scheduled during the University of Tennessee’s spring break to reduce traffic impacts.”

Other closures are scheduled for next week:

n  White Avenue, between 17th and 18th streets – 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, March 7, through Friday, March 11. A contractor will be pouring concrete for construction at The Standard, a 240-plus-unit apartment complex being built on the southwest corner of 17th Street and White Avenue.

n  The alley south of White Avenue, between 17th and 18th streets – 7 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday, March 7, through Wednesday, March 9. A contractor will be doing utility work associated with The Standard.

n  19th Street, between Cumberland Avenue and White Avenue – 6 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday, March 7, through Friday, March 11. Southern Constructors Inc. will be adding stormwater infrastructure as part of the City’s Cumberland Project.

n  The alley south of White Avenue, between 18th and 19th streets – Closed at the western end due to utility work associated with the Cumberland Project.

n  17th Street, between Cumberland and White avenues – A right-hand northbound lane will be closed from Monday, March 14, through Monday morning, March 21. Southern Constructors Inc. will be installing a new water main.


Most infrastructure upgrades throughout the Cumberland Avenue Corridor are part of the City of Knoxville’s $17 million Cumberland reconstruction, to be completed by August 2017. (Improvements that are part of private construction projects are coordinated with the City project in order to minimize effects on commuters and pedestrians.)

The City’s reconstruction will change the existing four-lane Cumberland between 22nd and 17th streets to a three-lane cross section with 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.

Community Events

Friday March 4, 2016
Knoxville Ice Bears vs Macon
Knoxville Civic Coliseum
7:00pm
For tickets call 865-656-4444. Call 865-215-8999 for event information. Get tickets and event information at www.KnoxvilleColiseum.com

Saturday March 5, 2016
Junior League Bag-a-Bargain
Jacob Building at Chilhowee Park
8:00am-1:00pm

Annual rummage sale at Chilhowee Park.  www.jlknoxville.org

Saturday March 5, 2016
L’Amour Du Vin
Knoxville Museum of Art
6:30pm
Gala, dinner and auction fundraiser

Saturday March 5, 2016
KTC Youth Winter Greenway Series
Tyson Park Greenway
8:00am
Encourages local youth 12 and under to participate in running events while showcasing Knoxville's Parks and Greenways

Saturday March 5, 2016
Be Great Run 8K
Tyson Park Greenway
9:00am


Saturday March 5, 2016
Mardi Growl
Willow Street/ Market Square
11:00am-2:00pm
9th annual Mardi Growl Parade to raise funds for homeless pets in need.


Saturday March 5, 2016
Neighborhood Awards & Networking Luncheon
Knoxville Convention Center
9:30am-2:00pm
This free event will bring together leaders and members of neighborhood organizations across Knoxville, along with elected officials, city department heads and individual citizens who just want to improve the quality of life and sense of community in their neighborhoods. For more information visit http://www.knoxvilletn.gov/cms/one.aspx?portalId=109562&pageId=2261014

As always, thanks for your interest in everything related to Cumberland Avenue - have a safe and fun-filled weekend. 

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

January 27th Update

WATER LINE WORK TO CLOSE 1 BLOCK OF CUMBERLAND AVENUE
FOR TWO NIGHTS; ADDITIONAL WORK SCHEDULED

                From 10 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 27, until 6 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 28, Cumberland Avenue will be closed between 19th Street and Montcastle Street as a Knoxville Utilities Board crew installs water line infrastructure across Cumberland.

                The night-time closure will be repeated at 10 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28, with the work to be completed by 6 a.m. Friday, Jan. 29.

The infrastructure upgrade is part of the City of Knoxville’s $17 million Cumberland Avenue reconstruction, to be completed by August 2017.

The reconstruction will change the existing four-lane Cumberland between 22nd and 17th streets to a three-lane cross section with 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.

The City’s investment in infrastructure and streetscape upgrades will create a more attractive, safer, pedestrian-friendly Cumberland Avenue Corridor.

                Meanwhile, anticipate additional lane closures this week:

-  Though 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 27, a lane of South 19th Street is closed between Cumberland and Lake avenues.

-  Starting at 6 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 27, and ending at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29, North 20th Street will be closed between Cumberland and White avenues as crews install new storm drains.

- Starting at 9 a.m. Friday, January 29 and ending at 3 p.m. and again on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. the intersection of 18th Street and Cumberland Avenue will be repaved; traffic will be maintained - one lane in each direction.

There also will be several street closures this week due to work on private construction projects:

-  Through Friday afternoon, a lane of 17th Street will be closed for work associated with construction of The Standard, a 240-plus-unit apartment complex being built on the southwest corner of 17th Street and White Avenue.

-  From 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, Clinch Avenue will be closed between 19th and 20th streets due to a hospital construction project.

More information is available at www.CumberlandConnect.com, on the Cumberland Connect Facebook page, facebook.com/CumberlandConnect, and on the Cumberland Connect phone app.

Cumberland Avenue Merchants Association (CAMA) - Monthly Meeting
Date: Wednesday, February 3
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.

Parking: Available parking is located at Copper Cellar.