Friday, June 29, 2012

June 29th Update

City of Knoxville Update


The City of Knoxville is changing the day garbage is collected in the Fort Sanders area to Mondays.

Starting July 9, Waste Connections, the City’s contractor, will pick up garbage on Mondays each week instead of Fridays. Garbage will not be picked up on Friday, July 6, but will be collected on Monday, July 9.

The City is implementing this change in conjunction with the Historic Fort Sanders Neighborhood Association to ensure the health and well-being of the community at large, and accommodate the influx of weekend visitors and activities.

In addition to letters mailed to property owners, the residences affected by this change will receive a door-knocker leaflet on Friday, June 29, outlining the details.

The City of Knoxville provides garbage collection for buildings with four or fewer residential units. Apartment buildings with more than four units provide their own garbage pickup, usually with dumpsters for collection instead of individual garbage cans. Garbage collection via dumpsters will not be affected by the City’s change.

Garbage and recycling must both still be placed by the curb or alley (depending on the address) by 7 a.m. on the day of pickup.

Those Fort Sanders residents participating in the City’s curbside recycling program will continue to have recycling pickup every other Friday (July 6, July 20, August 3, etc.).

For more information or questions, please call the City at 311 or 215-4311.

Cumberland Avenue Streetscape Update
City officials announced this week an updated timeline and design for the Cumberland Avenue redevelopment project.

Construction along the street from 17th Street to Volunteer Boulevard is expected to begin in the late fall of 2013, after the end of next year's University of Tennessee football season, and continue for approximately 24 months. The redesigned street will carry two lanes of traffic, separated by a small grassy median with left-turn lanes at most cross streets.

"Our traffic studies have shown that a median with turn lanes will provide the best flow of traffic and increase pedestrian and vehicle safety, as well as improve aesthetics," said Anne Wallace, the City's Project Manager in the Office of Redevelopment. "The construction will obviously entail some disruption through that area, but we will do our best to minimize its short-term impact." The City will work with local businesses to ensure that access will be maintained throughout construction.  

Currently, the project is in final planning and design stages, including the securing of temporary easements to allow construction.

On Tuesday, June 26th a significant change to the project was approved by City Council: $565,000 in additional design work, mostly to allow for the reconfiguration of electrical supply lines in the area.

"This change will actually save us money for the overall project budget," Wallace said. "In talking with KUB, we were able to change our original plans to bury the electrical transmission line within Cumberland."

Instead, because of a new substation at Dale Avenue and 17th Street, KUB will only need to run two supply lines laterally beneath Cumberland, crossing the avenue at 18th and 22nd streets. As a result, the estimated electrical infrastructure cost for the project will drop from $2.5 million to $1.1 million. The total project is still within its $14.6 million budget.
For media coverage of the project update visit:
WATE Coverage
CAMA Update

The Cumberland Avenue Merchants Association has announced that it will reschedule its regular monthly meeting, in observance of the holiday, from July 4th, to Wednesday, July 11th at 3:00 pm in the Goal Post Tavern restaurant. Parking will be available for the meeting at Graphic Creations on Lake Avenue.

Upcoming Events

Festival on the FourthJuly 4, 2012
Festival on the Fourth
World's Fair Park
2:00pm – 10:00pm

The City of Knoxville’s Festival on the Fourth presented by OneMain Financial is a day long festival including free entertainment provided by WDVX, inflatables, murals to paint, face painting, balloon animals, food vendors, paddle boats, corn hole, a fun slide and more. Knoxville Symphony Orchestra will begin playing at 8:00pm, and fireworks will begin at 9:35pm. This is a rain or shine event.

As always, thanks for your interest with all things involving Cumberland Avenue. Have a safe and fun filled weekend - HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!

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