Special Projects

 

Please click on one of the Current KUB Special Projects below for more information.

 

Cheowa Wastewater Pump Station Upgrades

Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project

South Northshore Drive Natural Gas and Water Main Replacement

Wayland Road Water Storage Tank Project

South Loop Natural Gas Main Pipeline Installation Project

 

 

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 comm@kub.org or call 524-2911.

 

 

City of Knoxville Cumberland Avenue Project

The City of Knoxville’s Cumberland Avenue Streetscapes Project is underway, and is expected to last through August 2017. The same contractor responsible for the City's roadway improvements is also responsible for the relocation of KUB's water, wastewater, and natural gas utilities during this project. KUB will work with affected customers during utility construction to schedule any necessary planned utility service interruptions. Electric relocation work was previously completed. To stay informed on the latest information regarding this project, as well as changing traffic patterns, please visit http://www.cumberlandconnect.com/.

 

 

Cheowa Wastewater Pump Station Upgrades - Public Meeting

Project Information Sheet

 

KUB will host a public meeting in mid-May to discuss an upcoming Century II project to renovate and upgrade the wastewater pump station located at 617 Cheowa Circle. This station has been in operation since 1947. Construction is expected to begin later this summer and last through summer 2016. Click on the Project Information Sheet for more details.

 

Meeting Details:

Date: Thursday, May 14, 2015

Time: 6-7 p.m.

Locations: Laurel Church of Christ (Room #6 - Laurel Room)

                3457 Kingston Pike

                Knoxville, TN 37902

 

 

Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade project

Information Sheet

Current Traffic Map

Downtown Century II Blog

 

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

Ann Keener - Office: 558-2140; Cell: 313-3212

 

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.

 

May 22, 2015 - UPDATE - This week, KUB’s contractor, Garney Construction, continued water main installation in S. Gay Street near Cumberland Avenue. Crews also installed 260 feet of water main between Walnut Street and Locust Street.

 

All lanes of S. Gay Street will reopen for the weekend. Crews will not be working Monday, May 25, in observance of Memorial Day. On Tuesday, May 26, crews will return to work and re-implement the traffic control plan on the 700 block of S. Gay Street (between W. Church Avenue and Cumberland Avenue), which will remain closed to southbound traffic. The 800 block (in front of First Tennessee Plaza, between Cumberland Avenue and Main Street) will be reopened to traffic. Left hand turns from westbound Cumberland Avenue will be re-implemented. Please see updated traffic map located in the upper right hand corner of the sidebar on this page for more detailed information.

 

Next week, crews will continue their work in Walnut Street and S. Gay Street.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May 20, 2015 - Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project – Walnut Street Road Closure [May 20] – KUB crews will close a short section of Walnut Street between Neyland Drive and West Hill Avenue from 5:30-8:30 p.m. today, Wednesday, May 20, as work continues on the Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project. The entrance to the City County Building Parking Structure on this section of Walnut Street will be closed during this time frame (the exit remains closed due to ongoing construction). Alternate routes include Neyland Drive, E. Hill Avenue, Lake Loudoun Boulevard, and Volunteer Boulevard.

 

Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project – South Gay Street-Cumberland Avenue Intersection Lane Closure [May 21] – KUB and its contractor will close one lane of the intersection of South Gay Street at Cumberland Avenue from 4-7 a.m., on Thursday, May 21, as work continues on the Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project. Through traffic will be maintained via one lane of the intersection. Southbound traffic should continue to follow the W. Church Avenue, Locust Street, and Main Street detour that is already in place due to ongoing work on this block of S. Gay Street. 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 will be in place at each location to assist motorists traveling in these areas. Due to the ongoing presence of workers and equipment, motorists are advised to use extreme caution and expect temporary delays in these areas. 

 

 

May 15, 2015 UPDATE – This week, KUB’s contractor, Garney Construction, continued wastewater main installation in Gay Street at the Cumberland Avenue intersection, and north of the intersection. Crews also continued water main installation in Walnut Street between Main Street and Neyland Drive.

 

All lanes of S. Gay Street will reopen for the weekend, and crews will re-implement the traffic control plan Monday morning, May 18. Walnut Street (between the City County Parking Garage entrance and W. Hill Avenue) remains closed to through traffic until the end of the month, as will one lane of Walnut Street (between W. Hill Avenue and Main Street).

 

Next week, crews will continue their work in S. Gay Street and in Walnut Street.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May 8, 2015 UPDATE – This week, KUB’s contractor, Garney Construction, completed installation of water main on S. Gay Street between Main Street and Cumberland Avenue. This line will be tested and services tied over next week. Work continues on the wastewater main in this section of S. Gay Street. Crews working overnight in Walnut Street began work on the water main in that area.

 

All lanes of S. Gay Street will reopen for the weekend, and crews will re-implement the traffic control plan Monday morning, May 11.

 

Next week, crews will continue working in both areas of S. Gay Street and Walnut Street. Please see below traffic advisories and the traffic map available in the upper right hand corner of this blog for more traffic information.

 

Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project – South Gay Street-Cumberland Avenue Intersection Lane Closure [May 11] – KUB and its contractor will close one lane of the intersection of South Gay Street at Cumberland Avenue on Monday, May 11, from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m., as work continues on the Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project. Westbound Cumberland Avenue traffic through the intersection will still be allowed. Southbound Gay Street traffic should continue to follow the W. Church Avenue, Locust Street, and Main Street detour that is already in place due to ongoing work on this block of S. Gay Street. Follow up advisories will be issued as necessary.

 

Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project – Walnut Street Lane Closure [May 11-31] – KUB and its contractor will reduce Walnut Street between W. Hill Avenue and Main Street to one lane of northbound traffic starting Monday, May 11, through Sunday, May 30, as work continues on the Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project. One lane of northbound traffic will be maintained on this section of roadway during construction. Walnut Street between the City County Parking Garage Exit and W. Hill Avenue remains closed to through traffic (traffic from Neyland Drive to Walnut Street must enter the City County Parking garage – no through traffic allowed). Please see attached map for more detailed information. Follow up advisories will be issued as necessary.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May 6, 2015 UPDATE - Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project – South Gay Street-Cumberland Avenue Intersection Closure [May 6-7] – KUB and its contractor will close the intersection of South Gay Street at Cumberland Avenue to through traffic today beginning at 12 p.m. and lasting continuously until 12 p.m. Thursday, May 7, as work continues on the Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project. Traffic travelling from westbound Cumberland Avenue must make a righthand turn on to northbound South Gay Street. Northbound traffic on south Gay Street will be detoured to Main Street, State Street, and Cumberland Avenue. Southbound traffic should continue to follow the W. Church Avenue, Locust Street, and Main Street detour that is already in place due to ongoing work on this block of S. Gay Street. Follow up advisories will be issued as necessary.

 

May 4, 2015 UPDATE - Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project – Hill Avenue/Walnut Street Intersection, Road, & Lane Closure [May 4-8] – KUB and its contractor will maintain the following:
· Intersection closure of W. Hill Avenue and Walnut Street intersection,
· Road closure of W. Hill Avenue between Locust Street and Walnut Street
· Road closure of Walnut Street between the Walnut Street entrance to the City County Building parking entrance and W. Hill Avenue (Parking garage entrance open ONLY. All exiting garage traffic should use W. Hill Avenue exit.)
· Lane closure of W. Hill Avenue between Walnut Street and S. Gay Street

 

This will be maintained from 6 p.m. tonight, Monday, May 4, through 6 a.m., Friday, May 8, as work continues on the Downtown Century II Multiple Upgrade Project. The work will take place during the overnight hours, with parking garage access maintained during the day. A full overnight closure of Walnut Street between W. Hill Avenue and Neyland Drive will be implemented once during this work blocking the Walnut Street entrance to the City County Building parking garage, but will reopen before 6 a.m. on the day of the closure. Alternate routes include Henley Street, Main Street, S. Central Street, and Neyland Drive.

 

Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project – South Gay Street Lane Closures [May 5-30] – KUB and its contractor will close three lanes of South Gay Street on a one block section between W. Church Avenue and Cumberland Avenue, starting 7 a.m. Tuesday, May 5, through Saturday, May 30, as work continues on the Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project. The two southbound lanes and one northbound lane will be closed. One northbound lane of traffic will remain open to through traffic on this section of South Gay Street. Southbound traffic will be detoured via West Church Avenue, Locust Street, and Main Street. Two southbound lanes and one northbound lane of S. Gay Street also remain closed between Cumberland Avenue and Main Street. The intersection of S. Gay Street and Cumberland Avenue will remain open to through traffic EXCEPT from 7 p.m., Wednesday, May 6, until 1 a.m., Thursday, May 7. During all work, NO on street parking will be allowed in the work zone. At a time to be determined during this work, a full road closure lasting a few days will be required on this one block section to facilitate fire hydrant installation on both sides of Gay Street. KUB will communicate the full road closure at least 24 hours before it goes into effect. Please see attached map for more information. Follow up advisories will be issued as necessary.

 

 

May 1, 2015 UPDATE – This week, KUB’s contractor, Garney Construction, completed tie-ins of the 24” water main on Main Street at South Gay Street, and the 30” water main on South Central Street at Main Street. Paving has also been completed on Main Street between S. Gay Street and South Central Street. Crews also installed approximately 160’ of water main in S. Gay Street. In West Hill Avenue, crews replaced approximately 300’ of wastewater main and installed 3 new manholes.

 

The lane closure of S. Gay Street between Cumberland Avenue and Main Street was removed today, Friday, May 1, and will remain open through the weekend before being re-implemented on Monday, May 4.

 

Next week, crews will continue their work in South Gay Street, with construction activities expanding. More information will be issued regarding that work on Monday, May 4.

 

Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project Photos – April 27 - May 1, 2015


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April 24, 2015 UPDATE – This week, KUB’s contractor, Garney Construction, completed utility work in Main street by tying water service over on the newly installed 24” and 30” water mains. Main Street between State Street and S. Central Street has been repaired, and reopened to traffic.

 

Crews will continue wastewater work on W. Hill Avenue at the Walnut Street intersection, and along W. Hill west of the intersection, next week. This work is taking place between 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. On Monday, April 27, water and wastewater installation will begin on S. Gay Street between Main Street and Cumberland Avenue. During this work, 3 lanes of S. Gay Street (2 southbound, 1 northbound) will be closed. One lane of northbound traffic will remain. There will be no street parking available in the work zone during this closure. This closure will last through the end of May. At some point during this work, this block will be fully closed for a few days to facilitate fire hydrant installation on both sides of S. Gay Street. KUB will communicate the full road closure at least 24 hours before it goes into effect. Please see below traffic advisory, and the traffic map linked on the right hand side of the blog for more detailed information.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

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.]:

 

Brian Craft - Office: 558-2508; Cell: 659-7264

Matt Reagan - Office: 558-2463; Cell: 386-5676

 

 

May 20, 2015 - KUB’s contractor, Southeast Connections (SEC), has installed approximately 5400 feet of pipe from Alcoa Highway moving south, nearing Woodson Drive. Work is ongoing along Legion Drive, with pipeline currently installed from the end of Legion Drive to Webber Lane. Crews have completed the boring work at Maloney Road, and continue another bore at Alcoa Highway.

 

May 13, 2015 – KUB’s contractor, Southeast Connections (SEC), began installing pipe along Legion Drive, working toward Belt Road. Pipe has been installed up to approximately the halfway point on Legion Drive. Crews also continue work in the north end of the project zone, moving toward Woodson Drive. Restoration efforts in I.C. King Park continue on schedule, and the park is expected to reopen at the end of the month.

 

 

 

 

 

 

May 5, 2015 – KUB’s contractor, Southeast Connections (SEC), is installing pipe on the north end of the project area this week, and will continue installation moving south. Restoration efforts are underway in I.C. King Park, and the park is still on schedule to be reopened by the end of the month.

 

In the coming weeks, SEC crews will begin work in the residential areas, beginning on the east end of Legion Drive and working west toward Belt Road. SEC will maintain driveway access during construction. If you have questions and would like to speak with a KUB Customer Support Representative, their contact information is listed above and can also be found on the project Information Sheet.

 

April 21, 2015 – KUB’s contractor, Southeast Connections (SEC), has completed both horizontal direction drills in I. C. King Park, and is working to tie-in all of the pipe within the park. The site restoration process for the park will begin in the coming weeks, and the park is expected to reopen by the end of May.

 

Crews are preparing to bore underneath Alcoa Highway late this week. The trenching machine will be moved to the north end of the project, near UT hospital, before week’s end. From there, the trenching machine will work south.

 

In May, crews will be shifting work into residential areas. If you have questions and would like to speak with a Customer Support Representative, their information can be found on the Project Information Sheet located above.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

April 10, 2015 – KUB’s contractor, Southeast Connections (SEC), has installed the majority of pipeline from I. C. King Park to Topside Road. The auger bore of the CSR railroad is complete, and the bore at Woodson Drive is underway. One of the two horizontal directional drill holes is complete in the park, with the second nearing completion. 

 

Crews are working near Topside Road this week, as well as various other locations between I. C. King Park and Topside Road where they are completing tie-ins. This week the trenching machine will be moved off Maryville Pike where the new pipeline path parallels the railroad.

 

March 20, 2015KUB’s contractor, Southeast Connections (SEC), completed trenching from John Sevier Highway to Topside Road this week. Crews also installed pipe north of John Sevier Highway during the week, and should be able to complete installation in this area in the coming days. Pipe installation south of John Sevier Highway will begin next week. The auger bore at Woodson Drive will continue into next week, and crews also continue to work on the bores in I.C. King Park.

 

March 13, 2015 – KUB’s contractor, Southeast Connections (SEC) completed the auger bore at John Sevier Highway this week. This crew has moved to Woodson Drive to begin the second auger bore. A trenching machine completed trenching between I.C. King Park and John Sevier Highway. The machine moved across John Sevier Highway on Thursday, March 12, and will work toward Topside Road the week of March 16. SEC crews are installing pipe in the trench north of John Sevier Highway, and will continue this path south behind the trenching crew. The directional drilling crew will being work next week in I.C. King Park.

 

March 5, 2015 – KUB’s contractor, Southeast Connections (SEC) made progress this week with overall improved weather as welding and coating crews continued work on the pipeline path from the University of Tennessee’s property south and have reached an area just south of Woodson Drive. Pipeline installation also began near Topside Road this week. SEC has mobilized a trenching machine, and trenching and pipeline installation south of I. C. King Park is expected to start in the coming days. Crews have been performing clearing tasks on the I.C. King property this week as well.

 

February 27, 2015 - KUB’s contractor, Southeast Connections (SEC), has been delayed due to weather, but crews were able to begin work on John Sevier Highway this week. Next week, crews will close I. C. King Park. This closure has been coordinated with Knox County Parks and Recreation, and is expected to last from March 2, 2015 through May 2015. Signs have been posted in the park to notify visitors of this closure. See the media advisory below for more information.

 

I.C King Park Closure Effective through May 2015

 

 

 

February 20, 2015 – KUB’s contractor, Southeast Connections (SEC), was unable to work this week due to the winter weather. Crews will return to work Monday, February 23, weather permitting.

 

February 3, 2015 –KUB’s contractor, Southeast Connections (SEC), has cleared the right of way from the University of Tennessee property to Legion Drive. Preparation work for trench excavation of the right of way is completed from Topside Road to I. C. King Park, and sections of pipeline have also been strung along this path. SEC continues preparation work for trench excavation of the right of way on the University of Tennessee property headed south toward Woodson Drive. Subcontractors are working in residential areas removing trees and brush, as well as grading, beginning near Woodson Drive working south to Maloney Road. SEC will lay pipe following this work.

 

January 12, 2015 – KUB’s contractor, Southeast Connections, continues clearing and excavation of the right of way along the route of the South Loop Natural Gas Pipeline Project. Clearing has taken place from Topside Road to I. C. King Park in the southern part of the work area, and crews have moved to the north end of the project zone and begun clearing from the University of Tennessee property south. Pipe has also been delivered to the project site, and this week (the week of January 12), crews will begin connecting sections of pipe above ground in preparation for installation along the right of way.

 

 

 

 

December 22, 2014 – KUB’s contractor, Southeast Connections, began vegetation clearing activities at Topside Road on December 15, 2014, and is progressing northward along the pipeline right-of-way. Approximately 5000 feet of right-of-way has been cleared and had erosion control measures installed. Clearing activities will extend into late February or early March. The contractor plans to begin laying pipe in mid January, which will follow the same path as clearing, beginning at Topside Road and progressing northward.

 

 

 

November 26, 2014 Update - KUB and its contractor, Southeastern Connections, are scheduled to begin a project to install six miles of natural gas pipeline between the University of Tennessee golf practice facility at 2614 Osprey Vista Way and the KUB Topside Road Natural Gas Gate Station at 3715 Topside Road on Monday, December 1, 2014. Initial stages of this project will begin with vegetation pruning and clearance in the right-of-way, followed by installation of the pipeline. All work will be completed in reasonable segments so that the entire project length will not be impacted at the same time. 

 

This project will provide a portion of the connecting pipeline that will allow the University of Tennessee to convert its coal-fired steam plant to natural gas by late 2015. This plant conversion will remove the second largest source of airborne pollution in East Tennessee, and will be the equivalent of taking 7,000 passenger vehicles off the road each day. Additionally, this pipeline will improve the overall reliability of KUB’s natural gas distribution system, and allow for future natural gas demands. 

 

This is the second phase in the overall project. The first phase, which included pipeline installation across a two-mile span from the UT golf practice facility to the Fulton Bottoms area near the UT campus, has been completed. Phase three, which will span the final two miles of the project from a new natural gas regulating station at Metron Way to the UT Steam Plant, will begin upon completion of phase two. Construction on phase two is scheduled for completion by June 2015.

 

Construction methods will include conventional trenching, boring, and directional drilling. Some weekend work may be required to meet project milestone dates.

 

KUB will post regular updates throughout the project on its website at www.kub.org, and on the KUB Facebook page. Customers can send their e-mail address to blog@kub.org (please reference South Loop in the subject line) to receive updates on the project. 

 

Customers can also call 558-2331 after normal business hours to leave a message that will be followed-up with a call from a KUB representative by the end of the next business day.

 

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.

 

 

 

 

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