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 or 865-215-2034 at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting. 

Launch of the Cumberland Connect App

A new website, has been launched by the City's construction engineering inspections contractor, Vaughn & Melton. Additionally, a Facebook page,, 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.

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