Tuesday, May 3, 2016

May 3rd Update

KUB Update - Work in N. 18th and 17th Street

(Fort Sanders Area) S. Seventeenth Street Lane Closure & Eighteenth Street Road Closure [May 3-13] – KUB crews will implement the following traffic control measures nightly from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. starting Tuesday, May 3, through Friday, May 13, as work is performed on the electric distribution system to support new development in the area:

• S. Seventeenth Street – Lane closure between Clinch Avenue and Cumberland Avenue of both southbound lanes. Both northbound lanes will be maintained, and southbound traffic will be detoured to Clinch Avenue and Sixteenth Street.

• Eighteenth Street – Road closure between White Avenue and Cumberland Avenue. Alternate routes include Nineteenth Street and Sixteenth Street.

This work will also include a closure of the alleyway connecting S. Seventeenth Street and Eighteenth Street. Work will be performed week nights, with all lanes reopened outside of work hours and on weekends. Follow up advisories will be issued as necessary.

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 caution and expect temporary delays in this area.

Cumberland Avenue Merchants Association (CAMA) - Monthly Meeting

Date: Wednesday, May 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 

The Two Week Look ahead from April 28 is available here or at www.cumberlandconnect.com. N. 18th Street will also be closed during the day for work related to the Streetscape project from May 3 - Friday, May 6th. 

'What to Expect' Brochures Detail Streetscape Work Scheduled on Cumberland Avenue
Property owners on Cumberland Avenue possess a lot of great retail and culinary expertise. Need Vol attire? Looking for a mouth-watering meal after class, or after a University of Tennessee game? The Cumberland Avenue merchants are the pros.

But when it comes to knowing exactly what to expect during the $17 million two-year Cumberland Avenue reconstruction, merchants and other stakeholders turn to the City of Knoxville and its construction engineering consulting contractor, Vaughn & Melton, for assistance.

A new brochure explains in step-by-step detail the eight-week process for building in each block of Cumberland new curbs and sidewalks and for installing state-of-the-art Silva Cells - hundreds of underground tree-root boxes, or structural frames, that help urban trees to flourish by supporting the weight of the new sidewalks without compressing the soil. 

New "What to Expect" brochures detail streetscape work coming block by block on Cumberland Avenue.

"The 'What to Expect' brochures are helpful in communicating to merchants specifically how the public right-of-way near their property will be transformed in the coming months," said Anne Wallace, the City's Deputy Director of Redevelopment.

"The brochures also lay out a timeline for how long each step in the two-month-long installation process is likely to take, with photographs showing the 'before,' 'during' and 'after' results. It's a good communication tool that helps the Cumberland business owners better plan for and understand the construction."

You can download a PDF of the brochure by clicking here: WhatToExpect.pdf.

This week, crews are working on curbs, gutters and Silva Cell installation in the 2000 block of Cumberland Avenue.

The infrastructure upgrades are part of the City of Knoxville’s $17 million Cumberland Avenue reconstruction, to be completed by August 2017.

The reconstruction will change the existing four-lane Cumberland between 22nd and 17th streets to a three-lane cross section with 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 City’s investment in infrastructure and streetscape upgrades will create a more attractive, safer, pedestrian-friendly Cumberland Avenue Corridor.

Needing information about lane closures? Visit www.CumberlandConnect.com, or check the Cumberland Connect Facebook page, facebook.com/CumberlandConnect. Better yet, download the Cumberland Connect phone app, or text VFL to 313131 to get text messages on the most current traffic updates.

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