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. 

Friday, January 8, 2016

January 8th Update



IT’S OFFICIAL: PHASE I OF CUMBERLAND AVENUE
RECONSTRUCTION COMPLETED ON TIME, WITHIN BUDGET

                Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero, City Council members and dozens of Cumberland Avenue merchants, stakeholders and reconstruction project partners cut an orange ribbon to officially dedicate the new and improved western end of Cumberland Avenue this afternoon.

                Phase I of the City of Knoxville’s $17 million Cumberland Avenue reconstruction has been completed – on time and within budget.

“We’re creating a more attractive, safer, pedestrian-friendly Cumberland Avenue Corridor, and this first phase has dramatically unclogged traffic congestion between the Alcoa Highway ramps and 22nd Street,” Mayor Rogero said.

“We’re now into Phase II – burying utility lines, upgrading infrastructure and adding left-turn lanes, medians and streetscape amenities from 22nd to 17th streets. We’re excited by the merchants’ enthusiasm and the $130 million in new private-sector investments throughout the Cumberland Corridor.”

Phase I work on the western end of Cumberland, between the Alcoa Highway ramps and 22nd Street, focused on improving traffic flow. A dedicated turn lane onto northbound Alcoa Highway and synchronized traffic signalization at Metron Center Way have lessened decades-long issues with congestion.

To be completed in August 2017, the Phase II 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. Cumberland Avenue sidewalks are being widened and landscaped, and utility infrastructure is being relocated and improved.

                Mayor Rogero urged people to continue to patronize their favorite Cumberland Avenue restaurants and shops.

                “Cumberland has been open for business since this project started in April, and that’s not about to change now,” she said.

“Come to Cumberland Avenue. Explore what’s new, and experience firsthand the energy and optimism. See for yourself how easy it is to get to your favorite stores and restaurants.”

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

For anyone who missed the ribbon cutting and would like to see a full video, click here or visit:
http://www.ctvknox.org/ribbon-cutting/ 

Thanks to our friends at Community Television for recording this exciting event! 

Cumberland Avenue Phase I  - watch the work! 

It all started in the Spring of 2015, upgrading utilities, installing storm water pipes, building new railroad crossings, and finished in December. If you want to see a snapshot of all the great work accomplished in Phase I (between Alcoa Highway and 22nd Street) visit www.cumberlandconnect.com or click here. Thanks to Vaughn & Melton, Inc. for capturing all that hard work! 

Next steps - Phase II

Phase II work from 22nd Street to east of 17th Street is well underway. For more information about the project check  out the Two Week Look Ahead at www.cumberlandconnect.com. There is also a Google map of work locations associated with the project, private development, and other work on going in the surrounding area. 

Additionally Cumberland Avenue area motorists, property owners, residents and students can get text messages about the most current construction-related traffic updates. Simply text "streetscape" to 313131 to sign up for the text alerts.

As always, thank you for your interest in Cumberland Avenue; have a safe and fun filled weekend. Welcome back to UT students for the Spring Semester starting, Wednesday, January 13!



Thursday, December 31, 2015

December 31st Update and Happy New Year!

TWO-BLOCK SECTION OF CUMBERLAND AVENUE TO REOPEN FOUR DAYS AHEAD OF SCHEDULE

                By 5 p.m. today, a temporarily closed two-block section of Cumberland Avenue between 17th and 19th streets will reopen.

                Since Tuesday, crews have been installing an underground electrical line beneath the four lanes of Cumberland Avenue. The line is 12 feet below the road, and burying the line allows for the removal of overhead power lines along Cumberland Avenue.

                The project had been scheduled to be completed by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016. But the earlier-than-anticipated street reopening means that it will be easier for New Year’s Eve patrons of Cumberland Avenue restaurants to access parking.

                “Cumberland Avenue has remained open for business from Day 1, since the two-year Cumberland reconstruction project started back in April,” said Anne Wallace, the City’s Deputy Director of Redevelopment.

                “What better way to ring in the new year than by patronizing a favorite Cumberland restaurant tonight? Or enjoy the game-day festivities and special menu items on New Year’s Day, with the Vols playing in the Outback Bowl. Go Big Orange!”

Crews will be paving the section of Cumberland Avenue between 17th and 19th streets next Monday and Tuesday, Jan. 4-5, but traffic will be temporarily shifted with no long-term lane closures.

The relocation and upgrade of electric infrastructure is part of the City’s overall $17 million reconstruction of the corridor.

Phase I work on the western end of Cumberland, between the Alcoa Highway ramps and 22nd Street, is completed – on time and under budget. Improving traffic flow was a key objective of the Phase I work. Synchronized traffic flow at Metron Center Way and a dedicated turn lane onto northbound Alcoa Highway have lessened decades-long issues with congestion.

Phase II work is underway in the section of Cumberland Avenue between 22nd and 17th streets. Scheduled to be completed in August 2017, the reconstruction will change the existing four-lane street on the eastern end of the corridor to a three-lane cross section with a raised median and left-turn lanes at intersections between 22nd Street and 17th Street.

In both the Phase I and Phase II work, Cumberland Avenue sidewalks are being widened, and utility infrastructure relocated and upgraded, to create a more attractive, safer, pedestrian-friendly corridor.

Meanwhile, motorists next week should anticipate new street closures associated with the Phase II work:

-  From 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 3, two lanes in the 1500 block of Cumberland Avenue – between Volunteer Boulevard and Philip Fulmer Way – will be closed while KUB installs new sewer system infrastructure. One eastbound and one westbound lane will remain open.

-  From 6 a.m. Monday, Jan. 4, until 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 9, a section of South 18th Street between Cumberland and the alley north of Lake Avenue will be closed to allow crews to install an electrical duct bank.

-  From Monday, Jan. 4, through Wednesday, Jan. 6, sections of North 18th and 19th streets, from Cumberland to the alley, will be closed to accommodate work upgrading the sewer system.


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

RIBBON CUTTING TO CELEBRATE COMPLETION OF PHASE I, CUMBERLAND AVENUE RECONSTRUCTION

What: Ribbon-cutting to celebrate the completion of Phase I of the reconstruction of Cumberland Avenue

When: 4 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016

Where: Grassy area just north of the Three Rivers Rambler depot, 2560 University Commons Way; parking available in the lot south of the depot

Who: Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero, 1st District City Councilman Nick Pavlis and other Council members, Cumberland Avenue Merchants Association members, City of Knoxville Office of Redevelopment staff, Engineering Department staff, representatives of Knoxville Utilities Board, and representatives of Vaughn & Melton Consulting Engineers and Southern Constructors, Inc.


Phase I of the reconstruction of Cumberland Avenue, between the Alcoa Highway ramps and 22nd Street, has ended – on time and under budget. Improving traffic flow was a key objective of the Phase I work. Synchronized traffic flow at Metron Center Way and a dedicated turn lane onto northbound Alcoa Highway have lessened decades-long issues with congestion.

Phase II work is underway in the section of Cumberland Avenue between 22nd and 17th streets. Scheduled to be completed in August 2017, the reconstruction will change the existing four-lane street on the eastern end of the corridor to a three-lane cross section with a raised median and left-turn lanes at intersections.

In both the Phase I and Phase II work, Cumberland Avenue sidewalks are being widened, and utility infrastructure relocated and upgraded, to create a more attractive, safer, pedestrian-friendly corridor.


Anyone needing a disability accommodation to attend the Jan. 6 ribbon-cutting should contact the City’s ADA Coordinator, Stephanie Cook, at scook@knoxvilletn.gov or 865-215-2034. For an English interpreter, contact Kim Scarborough at kscarborough@knoxvilletn.gov or 865-215-2029. 

As always, thank you for your interest in all things pertaining to Cumberland Avenue - have a safe, fun-filled and happy new year!

Monday, December 28, 2015

Construction Update December 28th


Construction Update for 18th Street Electrical Crossing

Due to the heavy rain in the forecast for tonight the decision has been made to delay start of the excavation work to cross Cumberland at 18th until tomorrow morning, Tuesday, December 29. Cumberland will remain open to traffic today. 


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

Thursday, December 24, 2015

December 24th Update

TWO BLOCKS OF CUMBERLAND AVE. TO BE CLOSED DEC. 28-JAN. 5

                Two blocks of Cumberland Avenue between 17th and 19th streets will be closed for eight days beginning Monday, Dec. 28, to allow for the installation of an underground electrical line.

                The closure is scheduled to begin at 6 a.m. on Dec. 28 and continue until 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016. Vehicle traffic will be detoured to Clinch Avenue between 17th and 19th streets. Pedestrian access to businesses along Cumberland Avenue will be maintained throughout.

The electrical line will carry power from a Knoxville Utilities Board substation at Dale Avenue to the Cumberland Avenue area and beyond. It will allow the removal of overhead power lines along Cumberland Avenue, part of the City’s overall $17 million reconstruction of the corridor.

The Cumberland Avenue project, scheduled to be completed in August 2017, will change the existing four-lane street on the eastern end of the corridor to a three-lane cross section with a raised median and left-turn lanes at intersections between 22nd Street and 17th Street.

Phase I work on the western end of Cumberland, between the Alcoa Highway ramps and 22nd Street, is coming to an end – on time and on budget. Phase II is under way.


                More information about the project 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, January 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, November 20, 2015

November 20 Update

Utility Work to Close Section of Cumberland Ave. for 48 Hours

Posted: 11/16/2015 (www.knoxvilletn.gov)
Starting at 6 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, and continuing until 6 a.m. Monday, Nov. 23, Cumberland Avenue will be closed between North 19th Street and 20th Street as crews install sewer system infrastructure.

Westbound motorists for those two days will be detoured using 19th Street to Clinch Avenue to 22nd Street. Eastbound motorists will follow the same detour route in reverse order.

Also, KUB’s contractor, Southern Constructors, will implement a second road closure as part of the sewer system upgrades. Today through 6 a.m. Monday, Nov. 23, South 19th Street will be closed between Cumberland Avenue and Lake Avenue.

These two road closures are part of Phase II of the City of Knoxville’s overall $17 million Cumberland Avenue reconstruction. Phase II, to be completed in August 2017, will change the existing four-lane street to a three-lane cross section with a raised median and left-turn lanes at intersections between 22nd Street and 17th Street.

Meanwhile, Phase I work – improving traffic flow between the Alcoa Highway ramps and 22nd Street – is coming to a close. Last Friday, Nov. 13, barrels were removed and all five lanes of traffic reopened.

On Thursday, Nov. 19, the last lane in the Phase I area is being repaved, so anticipate some lane shifts overnight Thursday and into Friday.

In both the Phase I and Phase II projects, Cumberland Avenue sidewalks are being widened, and utility lines relocated, to create a more attractive, safer, pedestrian-friendly corridor. Utility infrastructure is being updated.

Unrelated to the City’s Cumberland Avenue project: From 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, through 9 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22, White Avenue will be closed between 20th and 21st streets. A crane used in the construction of a new East Tennessee Children’s Hospital building is being dismantled.

For more information, please visit www.cumberlandconnect.com

Cumberland Avenue Merchants Association (CAMA) - Monthly Meeting
Date: Wednesday, December 2
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. 

KUB Update
In response to community concerns expressed at the November 4th CAMA meeting and at the request of the City of Knoxville, KUB has installed additional lighting in the the alley on the north side of Cumberland Avenue between 18th and 19th Streets. KUB installed two LED Navion Street Lights on November 10th. Thanks to KUB for their assistance and quick response to this request!  

Community Events

Saturday November 21, 2015

Market Square Farmers Market

Market Square, Union Ave & Market Street
9am-2pm
12th season of the downtown Farmers Market with locally grown produce, meat, eggs and plants, as well as locally made artisan foods & crafts.   marketsquarefarmersmarket.org

 
Knoxville Ice Bears vs Columbus

Knoxville Civic Coliseum
7:35pm
For tickets call 865-656-4444 or visit www.knoxvilletickets.com

City of Knoxville Offices
Closed for Holiday, November 26-27th, Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday November 27, 2015
Regal Celebration of Lights
Market Square, Market Street, Krutch Park Ext
6pm-9pm
Join us for the lighting of our new 38' tree in Krutch Park Ext. Enjoy live music, carolers, train rides, pictures with Santa, face painting, marshmallow roasting and more. WDVX Holiday Ho Ho HoeDown will be on Bill Lyons Pavilion from 6:30pm – 9:00pm. Market Street will have local businesses doing crafts with children, stop by Home Depot's Little Elves Workshop, and make a card to be sent to our soldiers with American Red Cross ‘Cards for Hero’s’. And don't forget to stop by and see the miniature train set! The lighting of the tree ceremony begins at 6pm, other activities will begin after.


As always, thank you for your interest in Cumberland Avenue - have a safe weekend. Don't forget the road closure and GO VOLS - beat those Tigers!

Friday, October 30, 2015

October 30th Update

City Council Election 

Election Day is on Tuesday, November 3. For information about where to vote, visit http://knoxcounty.org/election/

Remember, local government has a large impact on daily life.  Let your voice be heard by voting for the candidates you support. Your vote does matter.  

Cumberland Avenue Merchants Association (CAMA) - Monthly Meeting
Date: Wednesday, November 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 Updates

Check out the new feature, the Construction Two Week Look Ahead on www.cumberlandconnect.com. This feature is available from the home page and will provide updates and photos of work as we continue construction. This week's update is posted below:

Both utility and streetscape construction are still on schedule, even though we have had some weather issues to contend with.

Over the next two weeks expect to see:

  • The completion of the new sidewalks on the west side of North 22nd Street
  • Completion of underground electric on north side of Cumberland across 22nd
  • The continuation of the 42" storm drainage moving east near 20th Street
  • Installation of silva cells near Cookout - silva cells provide underground root space for the new tree plantings.

We will continue to provide weekly updates as we move forward with the streetscape transformation.

Community Events

Saturday October 31, 2015

Race for the Summit 4 Miler
UTK Campus, Circle Park
9am
2nd annual race for the Summit 4 Miler in Knoxville. All proceeds will benefit the Pat Summit Foundation.

Downtown Knoxville Trick-or-Treat
Market Square, Union Ave, Gay Street
3pm-5pm
Trick-or-Treating for kids, pets, and adults in Downtown Knoxville on Market Square, Union Ave and Gay Street. There will be candy, pet treats and special drawings for prizes and discounts from dozens of downtown merchants.

Halloween for Hunger
World’s Fair Park Performance Lawn
6pm-10pm
Concert w/Unknown Hinson & Halloween festivities including a costume contest benefitting Second Harvest.
Great Smoky MTN Dog Show
Jacob Building/Chilhowee Park Grounds
7am-7pm
http://www.tvkc.org/

Sunday November 1, 2015

Chili Cook Off
World’s Fair Park Performance Lawn
11am-6pm
10th Annual Chili Cook Off benefitting Second Harvest. To purchase tickets visit http://community.secondharvestetn.org/event-calendar?cid=1&ceid=40&cerid=0&cdt=11%2f1%2f2015

As always, thank you for your continued interest in Cumberland Avenue and have a safe and fun filled weekend! Go Vols!