Friday, May 22, 2015

May 22nd Update - Cumberland Avenue Closure Reminder

REMINDER - Cumberland Ave. Closed this Weekend at 22nd Street
As part of ongoing construction on the City's Cumberland Avenue Corridor Project, all lanes of Cumberland Avenue will be closed to traffic this weekend at its intersection with 22nd Street.

In order to allow the installation of a water line from north to south across Cumberland, the 22nd Street intersection will be closed from 10 p.m. Friday, May 22, until 6 a.m. Monday, May 25.

Both eastbound and westbound traffic should detour along West Volunteer Boulevard and Lake Avenue. The detour will be clearly marked with road signs.

Businesses along Cumberland Avenue will remain accessible either from Cumberland or from side streets. Remember, there is free public parking on weekends and after 6 p.m. weekdays in the Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center lot at 19th Street and White Avenue, and in the UT Federal Credit Union lot at 22nd Street and White Avenue.

The Cumberland Avenue Corridor Project is a City of Knoxville initiative to redesign Cumberland Avenue from Alcoa Highway east to 17th Street, changing the existing four-lane street to a three-lane cross section with a raised median and left-turn lanes at intersections. Sidewalks will be widened and landscaped, and utility lines relocated, to create a more attractive, pedestrian-friendly corridor.

Construction will proceed in two phases, with Phase I (from Alcoa Highway to 22nd Street) to be completed by the end of 2015, and Phase II (from 22nd Street to just east of 17th Street) scheduled for completion in August 2017.

For more information, regular updates and special offers from area merchants, see www.cumberlandconnect.com.

As always, thanks for your interest in everything to do with Cumberland Avenue.

Have a safe and enjoyable weekend.

Thanks to all the service men and women past, present and future who have or will serve our country. Thanks also to their families. 
The National Moment of Remembrance encourages all Americans to pause wherever they are at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day for a minute of silence to remember and honor those who have died in service to the nation. 

Monday, May 4, 2015

May 4th Update

KUB Update

Cumberland Avenue Rolling Lane Closure [May 5]

KUB crews will implement a rolling lane closure on Cumberland Avenue between S. Twenty First Street and Eighteenth Street from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Tuesday, May 5, as prep work is performed as part of the Cumberland Avenue Streetscapes Project. Crews will be working in the curbside, westbound lane. The inside westbound lane and both eastbound lanes in this area will not be impacted.

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.


Public Meeting on Proposed Updates to the City's Form Based Code
What: Public meeting on proposed updates to the City’s Form-Based Code

When: 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 7

Where: Small Assembly Room, City County Building, 400 Main Street

Who: Office of Plans Review and Inspections and Office of Redevelopment staff
The public is invited to a May 7 public meeting to discuss updates to the general provisions of the Form-Based Code (Article 4, Section 4.0 of the City of Knoxville’s Zoning Ordinance).
The existing code – which shapes urban forms of development on the South Knoxville Waterfront and in the Cumberland Avenue Corridor – addresses new construction. The proposed changes will provide a clear pathway for property owners to modify, renovate or add onto their existing structures.
Property owners within the South Waterfront and Cumberland Avenue Form-Based Development Code Districts are encouraged to attend.
A copy of the code with proposed changes in italics is available for review here.Anyone attending the May 7 meeting and needing a disability accommodation should contact the City's ADA Coordinator, Stephanie Cook, at scook@cityofknoxville.org or 865-215-2034 at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting. 

Friday, May 1, 2015

May1st Update

KUB Traffic Advisory

Cumberland Avenue Rolling Lane Closure Monday, May 4

KUB crews will implement a rolling lane closure on Cumberland Avenue between S. Twenty First Street and Eighteenth Street from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Monday, May 4, as prep work is performed as part of the Cumberland Avenue Streetscapes Project. Crews will be working in the curbside, westbound lane. The inside westbound lane and both eastbound lanes in this area will not be impacted.

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. 


Cumberland Avenue Merchants Association (CAMA) 

Date: Wednesday, May 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, 1807 Cumberland Avenue.


Public Meeting on Proposed Updates to the City's Form Based Code
What: Public meeting on proposed updates to the City’s Form-Based Code

When: 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 7

Where: Small Assembly Room, City County Building, 400 Main Street

Who: Office of Plans Review and Inspections and Office of Redevelopment staff

The public is invited to a May 7 public meeting to discuss updates to the general provisions of the Form-Based Code (Article 4, Section 4.0 of the City of Knoxville’s Zoning Ordinance).

The existing code – which shapes urban forms of development on the South Knoxville Waterfront and in the Cumberland Avenue Corridor – addresses new construction. The proposed changes will provide a clear pathway for property owners to modify, renovate or add onto their existing structures.

Property owners within the South Waterfront and Cumberland Avenue Form-Based Development Code Districts are encouraged to attend.

A copy of the code with proposed changes in italics is available for review here.
Anyone attending the May 7 meeting and needing a disability accommodation should contact the City's ADA Coordinator, Stephanie Cook, at scook@cityofknoxville.org or 865-215-2034 at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting. 

Launch of the Cumberland Connect App

A new website, www.cumberlandconnect.com has been launched by the City's construction engineering inspections contractor, Vaughn & Melton. Additionally, a Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/CumberlandConnect, highlights the businesses on the Cumberland Avenue Corridor and offers coupons and promotions, as well as project details and traffic updates. 

Also available is a downloadable App for Android and Apple devices - that will send push alerts with promotions if requested to people's smartphones. Download the app and use the coupons to save at various businesses along Cumberland Avenue! 

Cumberland Avenue Construction Update

The utility work on Cumberland Avenue has been underway since April 6. The contractor, Southern Constructors Inc., is making good progress and is working to complete this phase of work by June 6 so that the Streetscape Phase I work can start on June 8.

In order to accomplish this goal and to make the appropriate connections (water and sewer) north and south of 22nd Street the contractor will need to close north bound 22nd Street between Cumberland and the driveway access points for the Cook Out and Exxon properties. This work is scheduled to take place starting Monday, May 11th (post end of UT’s semester and graduation) and the road closure is expected to last approximately 4 weeks.

For more information and traffic updates, please visit www.cumberlandconnect.com
 

Sunday, April 5, 2015

April 5th Update

City of Knoxville Update - CONSTRUCTION STARTS APRIL 6

Just a reminder: Monday morning, April 6, motorists should anticipate two lanes closed on Cumberland Avenue between West Volunteer Boulevard and 21st Street, as utility work kicks off a 2-year reconstruction of the Cumberland Avenue Corridor.

There was a big turnout Thursday evening at a public meeting where traffic plans and the project's timeline and objectives were discussed.

Lots of media coverage as well.

Here's some of the coverage:
WATE
WBIR
WVLT

For more details, including detour maps, please visit the City of Knoxville's website:
www.cityofknoxville.org or www.cumberlandconnect.com

Happy Easter and have a great start to the week!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

March 26th Update

City of Knoxville - Cumberland Avenue Streetscape Update and Press Release 


CUMBERLAND AVENUE CONSTRUCTION TIMELINE
TOPIC OF APRIL 2 PUBLIC MEETING
           
With construction of the City of Knoxville's Cumberland Avenue Corridor Project getting underway, utility-related construction will begin on April 6. A public meeting next week will provide an overview of the entire Cumberland Avenue Corridor construction schedule during the next two years.

The public meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 2, at the University of Tennessee Visitors Center, 2712 Neyland Drive. City staff will be there, along with representatives from the contractors, KUB and engineering consultants Vaughn & Melton, to discuss the construction timeline and traffic control plans.

The Cumberland Avenue Corridor Project is a City of Knoxville initiative to redesign Cumberland Avenue from Alcoa Highway east to 17th street, changing the existing four-lane street to a three-lane cross section with a raised median and left-turn lanes at intersections. Sidewalks will be widened and landscaped to create a more attractive, pedestrian-friendly corridor.

Throughout the project, road closures and construction updates will be available on a new website, CumberlandConnect.com, along with the Cumberland Connection blog (cumberlandconnections.blogspot.com/) and a Facebook page at facebook.com/CumberlandConnect.

Construction will proceed in two phases, with Phase I to be completed by the end of 2015 and Phase II scheduled for completion in August 2017. See the detailed timeline for Phase I below.

One lane of traffic in each direction will be maintained during construction, with the exception of a single weekend closure at the railroad crossing and a six-week period when eastbound traffic will be blocked between University Commons and West Volunteer Boulevard. Turns onto side streets will be blocked on a rolling basis, and mid-block left turns will not be possible on blocks under construction. To avoid delays, drivers are encouraged to use alternative routes.

“We know this construction will be disruptive to traffic and local businesses and residents,” said Anne Wallace, Project Manager for the City of Knoxville’s Office of Redevelopment. “We promise to work diligently throughout the process to provide updated information, answer questions and mitigate the effects as much as possible. The result will be a Cumberland Avenue Corridor that looks better and works better for everybody.”

Signed detours will direct through traffic around the corridor during construction. Specific detours for local traffic will change as construction moves from west to east, but in general:

n  For access to the UT campus and other areas south of Cumberland Avenue, the best route will be to take Neyland Drive to Joe Johnson Drive and proceed east from there;
n  For access to the Fort Sanders neighborhood, including Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center and East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, the best route will be Alcoa Highway north to I-40 and the 17th Street exit.

PHASE I CONSTRUCTION TIMELINE

n  April 6 - June 6, 2015: KUB utility work in westbound lanes of Cumberland Avenue and portions of side streets between West Volunteer Boulevard and 22nd Street. Lane closures will run from West Volunteer Boulevard to 21st Street to allow for a one-block tapering of traffic. One lane of traffic will be maintained in each direction, shifted into the existing eastbound lanes.

June 8, 2015: Construction begins on section of Cumberland Avenue from Alcoa Highway to West Volunteer Boulevard. This includes the installation of a new 42-inch storm sewer pipe, which will require a six-week closure of eastbound lanes from University Commons to West Volunteer Boulevard. That closure will begin no earlier than June 8, with work completed no later than July 31. KUB will be moving to this location for utility upgrades while the City has this area closed. Utility work will continue heading eastward to 17th Street, with street, sidewalk and median construction following behind it for the remainder of the project.

During this period, one westbound lane of traffic will be maintained (except for one complete weekend closure to rebuild the railroad crossing), but there will be no left turns onto Cumberland from West Volunteer Boulevard.

n  August-December 2015: Street and sidewalk construction continue between Alcoa Highway and 22nd Street, starting with the westbound lanes and then shifting to the eastbound lanes. One lane of traffic will be maintained in each direction, but the lanes will shift as needed to accommodate construction.

Once Phase I work is complete, full traffic access will be restored from 22nd Street west. Phase II work, moving eastward from 22nd Street to 17th Street, is scheduled to begin by Dec. 1, 2015. The full project is scheduled for completion by Aug. 31, 2017.


Cumberland Avenue Merchants Association (CAMA) - REGULAR MEETING

Date: Wednesday, April 1
Time: 3:00 - 4:00 pm 
Location: Copper Cellar, 1807 Cumberland Avenue*

*Please note this is a new location for the meeting!

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. 

Traffic Control Permit Request (The Standard at White Ave and 17th Streets)
When: Monday, March 30 through Friday, May 1 from 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM daily
What: Closure of northbound lanes on 18th Street for crane construction. 

Friday, February 27, 2015

February 27th Update

City of Knoxville Update

The city of Knoxville has re-submitted a request for bids for the Cumberland Avenue corridor project. The announcement was published in the Knoxville News Sentinel on Sunday, February 15 and the Enlightener on Wednesday, February 18. The bids are due into the city's Purchasing Office by 11:00 AM on Tuesday, March 17th. 

For more information, check out this News Sentinel article, here

Cumberland Avenue Merchants Association (CAMA) - REGULAR MEETING

Date: Wednesday, March 4
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. 

Cumberland Avenue Merchants Association (CAMA) - SPECIAL CALLED MEETING

What: A discussion of the traffic control plans and commercial delivery plans during construction of Phase I and Phase II of the Cumberland Avenue Corridor Plan. 

Date: Thursday, March 12
Time: 2:00 - 3:00 PM
Location: UT Federal Credit Union, 2100 White Ave. (Training Room)

Parking: Since this meeting will be during the Credit Union’s regular business hours, we kindly ask that you plan to utilize public parking or walk over from your business. 

Parking is available at the ETCH Central Parking garage located at 2100 Clinch Avenue and UTFCU is located across the street from the garage at 2100 White Avenue. Central Parking System, 2100 Clinch Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37916 , (865) 525-8438. General Parking Information HOURLY RATES 1st Hour: < $5.00.

There is also some on street parking on White Avenue, but it is first come first serve. 

For questions about the meeting, please contact Anne Wallace at awallace@cityofknoxville.org 



Monday, January 26, 2015

January 26th Update

Traffic Control Permit Request (The Standard at White Ave and 17th Streets)

When: Tuesday, January 27 through Monday, February 16th (phase I) from 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM daily

What: Closure of southbound lanes on 17th Street and sidewalks on the west side of the street for underground utility work including tying into the sanitary sewer system. For questions about this work, contact Todd Jones at Blount Excavating at mtjones@blountexcavating.com.  





Cumberland Avenue Merchants Association (CAMA) Meeting 

Date: Wednesday, February 4

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.