Friday, November 20, 2015

November 20 Update

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

Posted: 11/16/2015 (
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

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
12th season of the downtown Farmers Market with locally grown produce, meat, eggs and plants, as well as locally made artisan foods & crafts.

Knoxville Ice Bears vs Columbus

Knoxville Civic Coliseum
For tickets call 865-656-4444 or visit

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
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!

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