Friday, August 1, 2014

August 1st Update

KUB Update

Contact KUB at 594-7531 if you have questions about this or any other KUB construction activities.

Cumberland Avenue Lane Closures [July 30-August 6] – KUB and its contractor will implement lane closures along a section of Cumberland Avenue between James Agee Street and Thirteenth Street daily from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. beginning on Wednesday, July 30, and lasting through Wednesday, August 6, as construction continues on a summer-long PACE 10 wastewater collection system improvement project that is scheduled to last through August 2014 in the eastern section of the Fort Sanders neighborhood.

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. More information on this and other KUB construction projects can be found at

Cumberland Avenue Merchants Association (CAMA) Meeting

Date: Wednesday, August 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.

University Commons Update

According to University Commons website, available here, Walmart is scheduled to open next Wednesday, August 6th! The Publix grocery store and other retailers will open in the weeks to come.

University of Tennessee Update

Fall Semester starts Wednesday, August 20th! The first home football game will be held Sunday, August 31st.

UT's Cumberland Avenue Work Extended
July 31, 2014 - A major University of Tennessee utility upgrade will close two lanes of Cumberland Avenue between James Agee Street and 11th Street in August.

A UT contractor had been granted a traffic-control permit to reroute Cumberland Avenue commuters from July 23 through Aug. 8. But for now, just one westbound lane of Cumberland Avenue is closed, and the second lane won't close until Aug. 8 or later, according to Southern Constructors Inc.

The traffic-control permit allowing two lanes to be closed has been extended until Aug. 25.

Crews are installing stormwater drains on each side of Cumberland Avenue, and UT steam lines will be installed.

As work continues, the lane closures will alternate. Depending on where the crews are working, eastbound commuters will either remain in place or shift to the two westbound lanes of Cumberland Avenue. Once the second lane is closed, westbound commuters will be detoured to 11th Street, then to Clinch Avenue and then to 16th Street.

The precise dates for the alternating lane closures will be determined by the pace of the infrastructure work.

The City's Civil Engineering Division recommends that detoured westbound motorists take a different route, since the detour route will squeeze traffic from a normal two lanes to a single lane.

UT's fall semester starts Aug. 20.

Additional work on the steam line project, with less impact on traffic flow, is expected to continue into early January.

UT's steam line, which crosses Cumberland Avenue, is being upgraded. The project is tied to UT eliminating coal use completely by transitioning to natural gas, which will lead to decreased emissions of pollutants. UT's steam plant provides heating and hot water for more than 150 buildings using about 11 miles of underground steam pipes.
For information about construction in and around campus, be sure to visit the Cone Zone Blog

Community Events
August 1, 2014
Shakespeare on the Square- Titus Andronicus
Market Square
One of Shakespeare's earliest tragedies, and far and away his darkest, most bloody play, Titus Andronicus, is like an Elizabethan horror movie. Interestingly, it was also Shakespeare's most popular play during his lifetime. The story rests on a struggle for control of the Roman Empire but the play is awash in blood – beheadings, mutilations and horrible crimes against humanity.
"Hold onto your hats, it's going to be a bumpy ride."

August 2, 2014

Robotics Revolution
Jacob Building at Chilhowee Park
10:00am – 4:00pm
The event will provide educational & fun ways to explore the wonders of robotics, engineering & technology.

Lonsdale Homecoming
Texas Ave

Shakespeare on the Square – Much Ado About Nothing
Market Square
This most perfect of romantic comedies centers on Shakespeare's wittiest lovers, Beatrice and Benedick, two people determined to avoid the foolishness of love at all costs! The verbal fireworks between these two make up some of Shakespeare's best writing. Along the way we meet more lovers, distraught fathers, villains and the 16th century's answer to the Three Stooges – Dogberry and the Watch. Of course, like all good comedies, everyone ends up married – more or less.
"I will live in they heart, die In thy lap, and be buried in thy eyes."

Market Square Farmers Market

Market Square, Union Ave & Market Street
9:00am – 2:00pm
11th season of the downtown Farmers Market with locally grown produce, meat, eggs and plants, as well as locally made artisan foods & crafts.

August 3, 2014
Shakespeare on the Square- Titus Andronicus
Market Square
See description above.

As always, thank you for your interest in Cumberland Avenue! Have a great and safe weekend.

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