KUB regularly communicates with customers and the community about major utility projects through news releases, construction letters to residents, and signs in the construction area. When there is particular interest about a project in an area, we may also have public meetings.
This page offers additional information, such as fact sheets, news releases, or maps, for some long-term major projects that may be of interest to the community. If you have questions or would like to make comments on a project, you can e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 524-2911.
Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project
Downtown Project Information Sheet and Area Map
Downtown Century II Blog
July 25, 2014 Update – Road Closures Implemented as Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project Gets Underway – After implementing the traffic control plan for the two-month road closure on Tuesday, July 22, KUB’s contractor, Garney Construction, mobilized their equipment in the work zone and began replacing the sewer manhole located at the intersection of S. Central Street and Commerce Avenue. Crews are currently replacing the sewer main from the new manhole and progressing south toward Union Avenue. Water system prep work and relocation of a section of natural gas main are scheduled for early next week ahead of water main replacement on Commerce Avenue, and installation of electric transformer vaults on S. Central Street and Commerce Avenue. Below are photos from the first week of construction activity.
Crews install traffic barricades on July 22, 2014 at S. Central Street and Summit Hill Drive intersection.
Traffic control cones and sign indicating no left turn from E. Summit Hill onto S. Central Street.
Installation of sewer manhole sections at intersection of S. Central Street and Commerce Avenue.
Garney Construction materials storage area at 100 Union Avenue.
S. Central Street looking north from Union Avenue intersection, Friday, July 25, 2014.
S. Central Street looking south toward Union Avenue intersection, Friday, July 25, 2014.
Excavation backfill material near S. Central Street and Commerce Avenue, Friday, July 25, 2014.
July 22, 2014 Update – Road Closures Implemented as Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project Gets Underway – KUB and contractor Garney Construction installed traffic control devices and signs this morning to implement road closures on a section of S. Central Street (between E. Summit Hill Drive and Union Avenue) and Commerce Avenue to through traffic as construction materials were delivered and preparations continued for Phase I of the $8.4 million Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project. Road closure barricades and detour signs have been posted at key locations around the project area to direct traffic flow and alert motorists of shifting traffic patterns. Alternate routes include James White Parkway to Cumberland Avenue; E. Summit Hill Drive to S. Hall Of Fame Drive to E. Church Avenue; and W. Summit Hill Drive to S. Gay Street to Union Avenue. The above-mentioned road closures will be in effect through late September 2014.
July 18, 2014 Update - Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project – S. Central Street and Commerce Avenue Closure [July 22-September 30] – KUB and its contractor, Garney Construction, will close S. Central Street (between E. Summit Hill Drive and Union Avenue) and Commerce Avenue starting at 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 22, and lasting through Tuesday September, 30, as work is completed on the Downtown Century II multiple utilities upgrade project. Alternate routes include W. Summit Hill Drive, S. Gay Street, and Union Avenue. This work is part of Phase I of the project, and should be completed in Spring 2015. Some night and weekend work may be required to meet project milestone dates. As work areas shift, follow up advisories will be issued.
July 15, 2014 Update - Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project – S. Central Street Area Lane Closures [July 16-25] – KUB and its contractor, Garney Construction, will implement rolling lane closures along S. Central Street (between E. Summit Hill Drive and Clinch Avenue) and sections of Commerce Avenue, Union Avenue, Clinch Avenue (between State Street and S. Central Street) daily from 7 a.m.-6 p.m. starting on Wednesday, July 16, and lasting through Friday, July 25, as site preparation work is completed ahead of excavation work for the upcoming Downtown Century II multiple utilities upgrade project. Excavation in the area bordered by Summit Hill Drive, South Central Street, South Gay Street, and Clinch Avenue (see attached map), is expected to begin in the next couple of weeks. Construction methods will include open-cut replacement, as well as trenchless construction methods. This work is part of Phase I of the Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade, and should be completed in Spring 2015. Some night and weekend work may be required to meet project milestone dates. As work areas shift, follow up advisories will be issued.
July 11, 2014 Update - KUB and its contractor, Garney Construction, are set to begin mobilization and initial site prep work next week in advance of the start of excavation on Phase I of the Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project. As part of this mobilization, crews are expected to begin saw-cutting sections of asphalt on S. Central Street midweek in order to prep the site for digging activities. Actual digging is expected to begin within the next two weeks. KUB, Garney Construction, and the City of Knoxville are in the process of finalizing the traffic control plan and permits. Additional information on the start of construction and lane/road closures in the Phase I zone (which includes the area bordered by W. Jackson Avenue to the north, S. Central Street to the east, S. Gay Street to the west, and Clinch Avenue to the south) will be provided as soon as those details are finalized.
SMOKE TESTING (July 14, 2014) – Also ahead of construction activities, KUB will conduct smoke testing on a section of the wastewater collection system near the State Street Garage on Monday, July 14, to identify connections to the sewer main in this area. This work is expected to begin at 9 a.m., and all work should be completed by early afternoon. One lane of State Street will be temporarily closed while this work is completed. Commuters using the State Street Parking Garage and others in that general vicinity should not be alarmed if they see smoke during testing. The smoke is non-toxic, is not a fire hazard, and will not harm children, pets, or plants.
May 30, 2014 Update - KUB will host a public meeting on June 9, 2014 at 6 p.m. at the Knoxville Chamber offices (17 Market Square). Representatives from KUB Engineering will be on hand to give a brief presentation outlining the scope of this two-phase Century II project that will upgrade sections of water and wastewater mains, as well as smaller sections of natural gas mains and underground electric system equipment. Construction is expected to begin in early July 2014, with completion in all areas scheduled by October 2015.
KUB has designated two Customer Support representatives as the primary points of contact for the duration of the project. If you are unable to attend the public meeting, but would like to speak with someone about the project, please call the numbers listed below (available weekdays between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m.):
Massamba Fall - Office: 558-2126; Cell: 705-3501
Candace Scruggs - Office: 558-2368; Cell: 386-6341
Customers can call the customer support hotline at 558-2330 to leave a message after hours. All messages will be responded to by the end of the following work day.
Fort Sanders Wastewater Collection System Improvements (May-August 2014)
Fort Sanders Construction Area Map
Beginning in mid-May and lasting through August 2014 (weather permitting), KUB and its contractor will make wastewater collection system improvements in the eastern section of the Fort Sanders neighborhood (see map link below). KUB’s goal is to get as much of this work done as possible over the summer months to take advantage of the smaller student population and reduced levels of traffic and other activities in the area. Accordingly, there will be some night and weekend work as part of this project to ensure timely completion. Street parking will be temporarily restricted in specific, immediate areas to facilitate safe access for equipment and workers. This work will be isolated to individual streets/areas. Construction will not take place over the entire neighborhood at the same time. Construction methods will include sections of open-cut trench replacement, as well as trenchless rehabilitation, which includes lining of the existing pipes and pipe-bursting methods. The condition and depth of the existing pipe, as well as accessibility, will determine the construction method used. Selected manholes will also be replaced or rehabilitated as part of this project.
South Northshore Drive Natural Gas and Water Main Replacement (April 2014-Summer 2015)
S. Northshore Drive Information Sheet
As part of the Century II program, KUB will upgrade aging infrastructure by replacing sections of natural gas and water mains and related equipment along a three-mile section of South Northshore Drive (between Woodridge Drive and Erin Drive), and a section of Wrights Ferry Road near the South Northshore Drive intersection. The project will also replace water mains and service lines on Bradford Lane, Willmann Lane, and Westford Drive. KUB is installing the natural gas and water mains at the same time to minimize future impact to customers and commuters. This project will not impact the entire length of S. Northshore Drive at the same time. Crews will proceed with main replacements in smaller work zones to limit construction and traffic impacts to short sections at a time.
Wayland Road Water Storage Tank Project (Summer 2014 through Summer 2015)
Wayland Road Water Storage Tank Information Sheet
Wayland Road Water Storage Tank Area Map
Meeting Topic: KUB hosted a public meeting on March 31, 2014, at Mt. Harmony Baptist Church (6500 Strawberry Plains Pike) to discuss details associated with a proposed new one million gallon above-ground water storage tank to be constructed on Wayland Road between Strawberry Plains Pike and Flint Gap Road. KUB is currently designing the facility and plans to begin construction in the summer of 2014. Also as part of this project, KUB will retire the existing 250,000 gallon water storage tank located on Hayswood Road, south of Pine Grove Road. KUB representatives will make a brief presentation about the proposed water storage tank, and video clips showing renderings of the facility will also be available for review.
South Loop Natural Gas Main Pipeline Installation Project
View Current Information Sheet and Construction Map
The South Loop Natural Gas Main Installation Project blog
April 1, 2014 Update - KUB has surveyed approximately 85 percent of the preliminary pipeline corridor. Easement negotiations will start in April, with construction tentatively scheduled to begin in July or August 2014.
December 11, 2013 Update - KUB hosted a community meeting on December 9, 2013 at Sevier Heights Baptist Church to discuss the South Loop Natural Gas Main Project and gather customer input. Representatives from several KUB departments were available at the meeting to answer questions one-on-one following a brief presentation about the scope of the project. The next steps will involve surveying and design of the final route, beginning in late December/early January. Regular updates will be posted on this site as this project progresses.
KUB has designated two Customer Support representatives as the primary points of contact for the duration of the project. If you were unable to attend the meeting, but you would like to speak with someone about the project, contact via the numbers below [Available weekdays between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m.]:
Reno Hall - Office: 558-2117; Cell: 705-2817
Brian Craft - Office: 558-2508; Cell: 659-7264
Customers can call 558-2331 at any time for information on this project. If the call is made after normal business hours, customers can leave a recorded message that will be responded to by the next business day.