Friday, March 28, 2014

March 28th Update

Cumberland Utility Work
March 27, 2014 - Because of utility connection work, one eastbound lane of Cumberland Avenue will be closed at the intersection with Metron Center Way during non-peak traffic hours next week.

Road ClosedThe closure will affect one eastbound lane at the intersection just west of the rail crossing, at the entrance to the University Commons project. It will be in effect from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday, March 31-Friday April 4.

All other lanes will remain open to traffic.

For a list of more road closures please visit www.cityofknoxville.org/closoures.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

March 11th Update - Notice to Proceed to Construction for Phase I

Cumberland Avenue Phase I - Out for Bid
The city of Knoxville issued the following press release on March 6th, also available here.
 
Work could start as early as June 1 on Phase I of the Cumberland Avenue Corridor street redesign – an estimated $4 million six-month construction project that aims to ease traffic clogs on the western end of the corridor.

The Tennessee Department of Transportation has given the City the Notice to Proceed to Construction on Phase I, the stretch of Cumberland Avenue between 22nd Street and Alcoa Highway. The City will advertise to begin seeking bids starting this weekend.

Work will include putting in new underground stormwater and gas lines to support new commercial and residential developments in the area. (Some of the utility infrastructure predates World War II.) The project also will add and widen sidewalks, resurface the road and purchase new, higher-performing traffic signals.

“But the really big key will be the improvements at Alcoa Highway,” said Project Manager Anne Wallace with the City’s Office of Redevelopment.

Currently, motorists trying to access northbound Alcoa Highway from Cumberland Avenue are frequently getting snarled in backups.

One problem is that there’s currently no dedicated turn lane onto northbound Alcoa Highway, just a lane that’s shared by exiting vehicles and through traffic. Another problem is an antiquated signal at Metron Way and Cumberland that doesn’t function well and doesn’t always allow vehicles turning west from Volunteer Boulevard onto Cumberland to clear the nearby intersection.

Another reason for traffic hassles on this stretch of road: It carries approximately 35,000 vehicles a day, the highest traffic volume along the Cumberland Avenue Corridor.

Among the planned traffic-flow fixes: Phase I will modernize the traffic signalization plus add a specified turn lane onto northbound Alcoa Highway.

Almost as soon as the Phase I work is completed, the larger Phase II project is anticipated to get under way. But the Phase I improvements – especially the smoother-flowing intersections at Volunteer and at Alcoa Highway - will give motorists more options for avoiding the Phase II construction work, Wallace said.

Phase II calls for a $13 million redesign of Cumberland Avenue from 22nd Street to 16th Street. The work includes new underground utilities, new signals, new sidewalks, the addition of turn lanes and new medians, plus landscaping, benches and pedestrian-scaled lighting.

City officials say the total $17 million investment in the Cumberland Avenue Corridor so far has already leveraged more than $100 million in investment from private developers.

“I’m very excited to get Phase I under construction and see the project come to fruition,” Wallace said.

"Phase I is intended to help improve traffic flow in one of the most congested areas along the corridor. This work sets the stage nicely for Phase II by improving some alternative routes for getting around the second round of construction."

For more coverage, visit:
Knox News Sentinel
WATE
WBIR
 
Cumberland Avenue Merchants Association (CAMA) Update
The monthly meeting of the Cumberland Avenue Merchants Association was held on March 5th, at 3:00 pm in the Goal Post Tavern. The meeting was attended by representatives of Goal Post Tavern, Graphic Creations, University Liquors, Walgreens, Gyrene Burger, Regions Bank, UTFCU, UTPD and City staff. City staff provided an update on the Streetscape project, sharing the notice to proceed, provided updates on private development projects on the corridor, and parking within the district. The merchants provided updates regarding business during the past month.

The next meeting is scheduled for April 2 at 3:00 pm in the Goal Poast Tavern; please feel free to attend.


Community Events
 

March 13, 2014
Knoxville Ice Bears vs Fayetteville FireAntz
Civic Coliseum
7pm

Purchase tickets by calling (865) 656-4444

March 15, 2014
Be Great Run 8K
Tyson Park
9am-12pm
8K run & 2 mile walk



March 15, 2014
Rockabye Butterfly Bash
Volunteer Landing
8:00am
Rockabye Butterfly is an organization raising funds and awareness for Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome at East Tennessee Children's Hospital. This event will donate 100% proceeds to ETCH


Friday, January 3, 2014

January 3rd Update - HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Greetings and welcome to 2014!

Reminder: Cumberland Avenue Merchants Association (CAMA) Meeting

Date: Wednesday, January 8th

Time: 3:00 - 4:00 pm

Location: Goal Post Tavern, 1824 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 Graphic Creations, 1809 Lake Avenue.


University of Tennessee Update

Spring Semester starts on January 8th - best of luck to all students in the new calendar year!

The Knoxville Campus has a number of construction projects on-going; to learn more about the projects and impacts to getting around campus, please visit here or http://conezone.utk.edu/index.shtml.

Community Events

East Tennessee Regional Student Art Exhibition
Knoxville Museum of Art
Tuesday-Saturday: 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Sunday: 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Free Admission
The Knoxville Museum of Art and the Tennessee Art Education Association present the East Tennessee Regional Student Art Exhibition featuring artwork created by middle and high school students from across 32 counties in East Tennessee.
www.knoxart.org
(865) 525-6101

Friday, December 20, 2013

December 20th Update

Cumberland Avenue Merchants Association (CAMA) Meeting - DATE CHANGED TO JANUARY 8th

Please note the CAMA Meeting will not be held on the first Wednesday of January 2014 due to the holiday, but will be held the following week. Thank you.
Date: Wednesday, January 8th

Time: 3:00 - 4:00 pm

Location: Goal Post Tavern, 1824 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 Graphic Creations, 1809 Lake Avenue.

Friday, December 13, 2013

December 13th Update


KUB Update
 

Contact: 594-7534 
Cumberland Avenue Lane Closures: December 16-23
KUB and its contractor will close both the eastbound and westbound interior lanes of traffic on Cumberland Avenue between Eleventh Street and James Agee Street weekdays from 7 a.m. –5 p.m. beginning on Monday, December 16, and lasting until Monday, December 23, as work is completed on the wastewater collection system in this area. The eastbound and westbound curbside lanes will remain open on this section of Cumberland Avenue while this work is completed. All lanes will remain open overnight. To facilitate timely completion, some weekend work may occur. Follow-up advisories will be issued as needed.

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 extreme caution and expect temporary delays in this area.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

November 19th Update

Cumberland Avenue - Utility Investigation 

Vaughn and Melton Inc. (the city's contractor) will need to close one lane on Cumberland Avenue to pothole utilities on Thursday, November 21st from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm in order to gather information about utilities for upcoming construction.They will pothole one lane in each direction and they will perform this action on the lanes that are not conflicting with rush hour traffic. Meaning, Westbound in the morning hours and Eastbound in the afternoon. 


If you have any questions, feel free to contact Anne Wallace at awallace@cityofknoxville.org.

Monday, November 4, 2013

November 4th Update

Cumberland Avenue Form Based Code - Final


City Council unanimously approved both the adoption of the code and the rezoning at its regular meeting on October 29th. Based on this action, the Form Based Code is the official zoning ordinance for the Cumberland Avenue Corridor. 


For questions or comments, feel free to contact Anne Wallace at awallace@cityofknoxville.org.

Cumberland Avenue Design Review Board (C-7) Meeting Reminder
 

Date: Wednesday, November 6
 

Time: 9:00 am
 

Location: UT Federal Credit Union, 2100 White Ave. 

What: The C-7 Cumberland Avenue Design Review Board will meet to review proposed projects. For more information about this meeting contact Mike Brusseau with the Knoxvillle/Knox County Metropolitan Planning Commission at 865.215.2500.  

Parking: is available on site.
 
Cumberland Avenue Merchants Association (CAMA) Meeting Reminder
 

Date: Wednesday, November 6
 

Time: 3:00 - 4:00 pm  

Location: Goal Post Tavern, 1824 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 Graphic Creations, 1809 Lake Avenue. 


Election Day, November 5, 2013 – City of Knoxville Regular Election 
Hours of Election: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Shortly after the polls close, Early Voting totals – including absentee and nursing home totals – will be posted. 

After all precincts have reported, Final Results for all five Knoxville City Council races will be posted. 

For more information visit the Knox County Election Commission page: here