Friday, January 27, 2017

January 27th Update

Cumberland Avenue Merchants Association (CAMA) - Monthly Meeting

Date: Wednesday, February 1

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

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

As always, thanks for your interest in everything related to Cumberland Avenue. Have a wonderful weekend. 

Friday, January 6, 2017

January 6th Update

KUB Update

Cumberland Avenue Road Closure for Utility Work [All closures and work are weather permitting]

(UT Campus/Ft. Sanders Area) Cumberland Avenue Road Closure [January 8] – KUB crews will close a short section of Cumberland Avenue, between Eighteenth Street and Nineteenth Street, from midnight Saturday until 9 a.m. Sunday, January 8, as work is performed on the water distribution system in the area. Alternate routes include 18th Street, 19th Street, Lake Avenue, and White Avenue. Flaggers and signs will be on site to assist with traffic control.

Some listed closures may extend beyond the scheduled times depending on the conditions encountered during excavation and construction. Appropriate traffic control measures will be in place at each location to assist motorists traveling in these areas. Due to the ongoing presence of workers and equipment, motorists are advised to use caution and expect temporary delays in these areas. More information on this and other KUB construction projects can be found at www.kub.org.  




Friday, December 30, 2016

December 30th Update

Cumberland Avenue Merchants Association (CAMA) - Monthly Meeting

Come celebrate the start of 2017 with your friends and fellow merchants!

Date: Wednesday, January 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

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! A lot of work has been accomplished over the Winter Break, including trolley track removal from 19th Street to 17th Street, rebuilding of the 17th Street intersection, new sidewalks poured between 22nd Street and Zaxby's, storm water lines installed to 19th street, and new lighting and signals! Work is progressing and slated to be complete in 2017!

As always, thanks for your interest in everything related to Cumberland Avenue. Have a wonderful and safe New Year's weekend. 




Tuesday, December 13, 2016

December 13th Update

INTERSECTION REBUILD TO CLOSE
CUMBERLAND AVENUE AT 17th STREET

                The last intersection in the City’s $17 million Cumberland Avenue reconstruction – Cumberland at 17th Street – will be rebuilt and repaved later this week, requiring detours of motorists on both streets.

                The work on the intersection at Cumberland and 17th will require a full closure, starting at 10 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15. The intersection will remain closed through 6 a.m. Monday, Dec. 19.

Southern Constructors Inc. crews will be lowering the elevation of the intersection and repaving it as part of the reconstruction of a nine-block stretch of Cumberland between the Alcoa Highway ramps and 17th Street. This is the final intersection rebuild of the project, which is more than halfway complete.

The Cumberland Avenue reconstruction project began with Knoxville Utilities Board infrastructure improvements in April 2015, and it’s scheduled to be completed by August 2017. The existing four-lane Cumberland between 22nd and 17th streets is being remade 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.

The rebuild of the Cumberland-17th intersection was strategically scheduled to take advantage of light traffic during the University of Tennessee’s winter break.

Here are recommended detour routes (please see attached map):

n  Westbound motorists on Cumberland: Turn left onto Volunteer Boulevard; right onto Melrose Place; left onto Lake Avenue; right onto Volunteer, back to westbound Cumberland.

n  Eastbound motorists on Cumberland: Turn left onto 18th Street; right onto White Avenue; right onto 16th Street, back to Cumberland.

n  Southbound motorists on 17th: Turn right onto Clinch Avenue; left onto 22nd Street to access westbound Cumberland. Or turn left onto White, right onto 16th, to access eastbound Cumberland.


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, November 18, 2016

November 28th Update

Cumberland Avenue Construction Update: 


Beginning Monday November 21, westbound traffic will shift to the north side of Cumberland Avenue between 19th and 17th Streets so that the contractor can remove the remaining trolley track located in the middle of the roadway.

During this week, construction crews will cut and begin the hammering of the asphalt and concrete around the trolley tracks next week during day time hours. 

Beginning at 6 pm Sunday, November 27 work will be 24/7 to complete the trolley track removal and crews will work around the clock through Wednesday, November 30 at 6 pm.

No left turns will be allowed between 17th and North 19th streets during this time. Night time work will cease Wednesday, November 30, which is the first day of the University of Tennessee study period. All paving work will be complete and left turns at North 19th and 18th will be restored by the morning of Thursday, December 8, in time for University of Tennessee Graduation.

For more information about the work progressing on Cumberland Avenue, please visit www.cumberlandconnect.com and check out the Two Week Look Ahead. Every Thursday an update is posted with project progress and what to expect over the next two weeks. 

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

Wishing the Tennessee Vols all the best of luck in their final home game of the season, tomorrow, November 19, against the Missouri Tigers. Go Vols! 




Friday, October 28, 2016

October 28th Update

Cumberland Avenue Merchants Association (CAMA) - Monthly Meeting

Date: Wednesday, November 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.

In addition to project discussion, this month the city and map maker John Innes from Good Point, Inc. will be gathering information for a Cumberland Avenue map for the kiosks that will be installed as part of the project. Please plan to attend and bring a neighbor! 

Parking: Available parking is located at Copper Cellar. 





Community Events

Friday October 28 – Sunday October 30, 2016
Civil War Living History Days
Ft Dickerson Park
9:00am-4:00pm

Saturday October 29, 2016
Market Square Farmer’s Market
Market Square, Market Street, Union Ave
9:00am-2:00pm
13th season of the downtown Farmers Market with locally grown produce, meat, eggs and plants, as well as locally made artisan foods & crafts.   
marketsquarefarmersmarket.org

Saturday October 29, 2016
International Food Festival
World’s Fair Park Festival Lawn
11:00am-5:00pm
An event offering foods from different countries, an international bazaar, a kid's corner and live entertainment

Sunday October 30, 2016
UT Homecoming 5K Fun Run
UT Campus
9:00am-10:30am

As always, thank you for your interest and involvement with Cumberland Avenue. Have a safe and fun filled weekend. 



Friday, September 2, 2016

September 2nd Update - CHANGE TO TRAFFIC STARTING 9/6




CUMBERLAND AVENUE EXCAVATION WORK:
DAYTIME LANE SHIFT, NIGHTTIME DETOUR

Starting after Labor Day, a City contractor will be excavating and removing buried pre-World War II trolley tracks from the center of Cumberland Avenue – a task that will require a 10-day around-the-clock lane shift plus overnight closures of the westbound lane of Cumberland for nine consecutive nights.

Southern Constructors Inc. will begin the trolley track removal at midnight on Tuesday, Sept. 6. The job is scheduled to be completed by the end of Thursday, Sept. 15.

Along a three-block section of Cumberland, between 19th and 22nd streets, the westbound lane of traffic will be shifted. No left turns will be allowed through the three-block excavation zone Sept. 6-15, and this includes intersecting side streets with Cumberland.

Nightly, between midnight and 6 a.m., the westbound lane between 19th and 22nd streets will be closed entirely. Flag personnel will be dispatched as needed to maintain access to businesses that are open after midnight.

The eastbound traffic lane of Cumberland Avenue will remain open at all times during the project. Westbound commuters will shift to the new through lane during day and evening hours, but between midnight and 6 a.m., westbound commuters will be detoured off Cumberland to 19th Street, to Clinch Avenue and to 22nd Street before reconnecting with Cumberland.

“The decision to close a section of westbound Cumberland at night wasn’t made lightly,” said Anne Wallace, the City’s Deputy Director of Redevelopment. “However, safety is key – both to motorists and to the construction crew. It was necessary to eliminate conflicts between heavy machinery and vehicles for this phase.”

The excavation was scheduled to take advantage of a 10-day period with no University of Tennessee home football games.

Wallace cautioned that the night-time work will be noisy at times. But doing the work 24/7 rather than stopping the excavation work at night will cut by more than half the time needed to finish the project, in addition to increasing motorist safety.

 http://www.cumberlandconnect.com/battle-at-cumberlandThe excavation work also will play a small role in the Battle at Cumberland Avenue Scavenger Hunt. The four-day Sept. 6-9 event pits registered teams against one another in posting creative social media photos tied to the Cumberland Avenue revitalization and, most importantly, Big Orange fervor along Cumberland Avenue leading up to the Sept. 10 Battle at Bristol between the Vols and Hokies.

The details of the scavenger hunt will remain under wraps until it kicks off on Sept. 6, but several of the contest criteria award points to teams that safely incorporate images of the City’s $17 million investment in the Cumberland Avenue reconstruction. (So imagine a photo of a team singing “Rocky Top” while holding a specialty food item, standing on a new section of decorative Cumberland brick sidewalk, with a Southern Constructors dump truck in the background. That would be worth a lot of Battle at Cumberland Avenue points!)

To get started, scavenger hunt teams must register at www.CumberlandConnect.com.

The City’s reconstruction of Cumberland Avenue, begun with Knoxville Utilities Board infrastructure improvements in April 2015, is scheduled to be completed by August 2017; the work is past the halfway mark. The existing four-lane Cumberland between 22nd and 17th streets is being remade 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.

FIRST HOME GAME - TRAFFIC SUCCESS!
Thanks to everyone who planned ahead for the first home game on a Thursday since 1936. It was great to see that traffic was flowing next to all that Orange and White (both barrels and fans!). Here's a video of the drive around 2:00PM on game day - about 5 hours before kickoff (notice the new street lights that are being installed on the right side of the video)! Go Big Orange!



REMINDER: Cumberland Avenue Merchants Association (CAMA) - Monthly Meeting

Date: Wednesday, September 7 (during the Battle at Cumberland!)

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.