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.

 

 

July 2, 2015 UPDATE – This week, Garney Construction crews continued work in State Street between W. Church Avenue and Cumberland Avenue, and installed more than 300 feet of 16 inch water main. Crews also began the testing and sterilization process of the newly installed water main in State Street between Clinch Avenue and W. Church Avenue. In Maplehurst Court, approximately 230 feet of 8 inch water main was installed.

Garney Construction crews will not be working Friday, July 3, through Sunday, July 5, in observance of the Independence Day holiday. The closures of State Street (between Clinch Avenue and Cumberland Avenue – including the State Street/Church Street intersection) will be open during this time frame, as will Maplehurst Court. W. Church Avenue (between Market Street and S. Gay Street) will remain closed.

Monday, July 6, crews will return and re-implement the road and intersection closures of State Street and W. Church Avenue, as well as Maplehurst Court. Pavers will also be on site one day next week to complete restoration of Front Avenue and Broadway Street. Residents in the area should be prepared for lane closures when this happens. The process should last no more than one day (weather permitting). Please see below traffic advisories and the map in the upper right hand corner of this blog for more information.

Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project – State Street & W. Church Avenue Road Closure [July 6-22] – KUB and its contractor will maintain a closures of the following roadways from 6 a.m., Monday, July 6, until 6 p.m., Wednesday, July 22, as work continues on the Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project:

· State Street between Clinch Avenue and W. Church Avenue
· State Street/W. Church Avenue Intersection
· State Street between W. Church Avenue and Cumberland Avenue
· W. Church Street between S. Gay Street and State Street

No street parking will be allowed in the work zone. Parking lot access will be maintained. Please see attached map for more information. Follow up advisories will be issued as necessary
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Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project – W. Church Avenue Road Closure [July 6-10] – KUB and its contractor will close a short section of W. Church Avenue between Market Street and S. Gay Street to traffic continuously from 6 a.m., Monday, July 6, until 6 p.m., Friday, July 10, as work continues on the Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade project. Please see attached map for more information. Follow up advisories will be issued as necessary.


 

 

 

 


 

June 29, 2015  UPDATE - Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project – State Street & W. Church Avenue Intersection Closure [EXTENDED June 30 – July 2] – KUB and its contractor will close the State Street and W. Church Avenue intersection to traffic continuously from 6 a.m., Tuesday, June 30, until 6 p.m., Thursday, July 2, as work continues on the Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade project. State Street (between W. Church Avenue and Clinch Avenue) remains closed during this time frame. Also closed during this time frame is W. Church Avenue (between S. Gay Street and the KAT Station) and State Street (between Cumberland Avenue and W. Church Avenue). Motorist should follow all traffic signs and flaggers in the area. Please see attached map for more information. 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. More information on this and other KUB construction projects can be found at http://www.kub.org/

 

June 26, 2015 UPDATE – This week, Garney Construction crews continued work in State Street (between Clinch Avenue and W. Church Avenue), and in the State Street/W. Church Avenue intersection. Progress has been slow due to trench rock, but crews have completed water main installation through the intersection.

 

On S. Broadway Street in downtown, crews finished testing newly installed main and tied over services.

 

Next week, crews will continue work in Maplehurst Court with water main installation.

 

Over the weekend (June 27-28), the State Street/W. Church Avenue intersection will be open to traffic. State Street between Clinch Avenue and W. Church Avenue will remain closed through July 2. The intersection will be closed Monday, June 29, 6 a.m. – 6 p.m.. See traffic map in the upper right hand corner of the blog for more detailed information.

 

Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project Photos – June 22-26, 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June 24, 2015 UPDATE - Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project – State Street & W. Church Avenue Intersection Closure [EXTENDED June 24-26, June 29] – KUB and its contractor will close the State Street and W. Church Avenue intersection to traffic continuously from Wednesday, June 24, through 6 p.m., Friday, June 26, and from 6 a.m. – 6 p.m., Monday, June 29, as work continues on the Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade project. State Street (between W. Church Avenue and Clinch Avenue) remains closed daily from 6 a.m. – 6 p.m. through July 2. This intersection closure necessitates that W. Church Avenue (between S. Gay Street and the KAT Station) and State Street (between Cumberland Avenue and W. Church Avenue) are also closed to traffic (parking access maintained) from Wednesday, June 24, through 6 p.m., Friday, June 26, and from 6 a.m. – 6 p.m., Monday, June 29. The State Street and W. Church Avenue intersection will be reopened to traffic over the weekend, June 27-28. Motorist should follow all traffic signs and flaggers in the area. Please see attached map for more information. Follow up advisories will be issued as necessary.

 

June 22, 2015 UPDATE - Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project – State Street & W. Church Avenue Intersection Lane Closure [June 23, 25-26] – KUB and its contractor will close one lane of the State Street and W. Church Avenue intersection to traffic from 6 a.m. – 6 p.m., on Tuesday, June 23, Thursday, June 25, and Friday, June 26, as work continues on the Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project. This will be a full intersection closure on Wednesday, June 24. State Street (between W. Church Avenue and Clinch Avenue remains closed through July 2). Motorist should follow all traffic signs and flaggers in the area. Please see attached map for more information. Follow up advisories will be issued as necessary.


Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project – State Street & W. Church Avenue Intersection Closure [June 24] – KUB and its contractor will close the State Street and W. Church Avenue intersection to through traffic from 6 a.m. – 6 p.m., on Wednesday, June 24, as work continues on the Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project. State Street (between W. Church Avenue and Clinch Avenue remains closed through July 2). Parking access maintained to lots on W. Church Avenue. Motorist should follow all traffic signs and flaggers in the area. Alternate routes include Cumberland Avenue, S. Gay Street, Union Avenue, and S. Central Street. Please see attached map for more information. 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.


June 19, 2015 UPDATE – Due to the issues with the Pryor Brown Garage and the subsequent closure of W. Church Avenue, KUB and its contractor, Garney Construction, could not complete the remaining work in S. Gay Street between W. Church Avenue and Cumberland Avenue as planned for this week. Crews continued work in S. Broadway in downtown Knoxville, and the line is being tested and will be tied into service next week. Garney Construction crews also began work in State Street (between Clinch Avenue and W. Church Avenue). This stretch of roadway is expected to remain closed until Thursday, July 2.

 

On Monday, June 22, Garney crews and pavers will return to S. Gay Street to complete the remaining work in the intersection of S. Gay Street and W. Church Avenue, and to complete restoration of the roadway. Weather and progress permitting, this work should be completed by Wednesday, June 24, and all lanes of S. Gay Street will be reopened. Please see below traffic advisories, and map in the upper right hand corner of this blog, for more information related to the S. Gay Street work schedule.

 

Crews will also begin water main work in Maplehurst Court in downtown Knoxville on Monday, June 22. No street parking will be permitted from 6 a.m. – 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, from June 22 until July 22. Street parking will be available nights and weekends. Signs will be posted, and violators of the no parking zone will be towed. Cooperation with this policy will provide crews with a safe and unobstructed work zone, which will allow the work to be completed in a safe and timely manner. KUB and Garney Construction appreciate the cooperation of residents in the area during this time.

 

Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project – Maplehurst Court Road Closure [June 22 – July 22] – KUB and its contractor will close Maplehurst Court to traffic from 6 a.m. – 6 p.m. weekdays, starting Monday, June 22, until Wednesday, July 22, as work continues on the Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project. No street parking will be available during work hours, but will be available nights and weekends. Violators will be towed. Follow up advisories will be issued as necessary.

 

Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project – Front Avenue Road Closure [June 22] – KUB and its contractor will close Front Avenue between South Broadway and Locust Street to through traffic from 6 a.m. – 6 p.m., on Monday, June 22, as work continues on the Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project. S. Broadway Street and Locust Street will be available to access parking in the area. Follow up advisories will be issued as necessary.

 

Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project – South Gay Street & W. Church Avenue Intersection Lane Closure, S. Gay Street Lane Closures [June 22-24] – KUB and its contractor will close one lane of the S. Gay Street and W. Church Avenue intersection from 6 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily, starting on Monday, June 22, through Wednesday June 24, as work continues on the Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project. Following final construction in the intersection, paving crews will work to restore the roadway. Southbound S. Gay Street traffic will be directed west on W. Church Avenue. Eastbound W. Church Avenue traffic will be able to turn north on S. Gay Street, and continue east on W. Church Avenue through the intersection. Between W. Church Avenue and Cumberland Avenue, the two southbound lanes of S. Gay Street, and the inside northbound lane of S. Gay Street, will also be closed. Please see attached map for more detailed information. Follow up advisories will be issued as necessary.

 

Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project – State Street & W. Church Avenue Intersection Lane Closure [June 23, 25-26] – KUB and its contractor will close one lane of the State Street and W. Church Avenue intersection to traffic from 6 a.m. – 6 p.m., on Tuesday, June 23, Thursday, June 25, and Friday, June 26, as work continues on the Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project. This will be a full intersection closure on Wednesday, June 24. State Street (between W. Church Avenue and Clinch Avenue remains closed through July 2). Motorist should follow all traffic signs and flaggers in the area. Please see attached map for more information. Follow up advisories will be issued as necessary.

 

Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project – State Street & W. Church Avenue Intersection Closure [June 24] – KUB and its contractor will close the State Street and W. Church Avenue intersection to through traffic from 6 a.m. – 6 p.m., on Wednesday, June 24, as work continues on the Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project. State Street (between W. Church Avenue and Clinch Avenue remains closed through July 2). Parking access maintained to lots on W. Church Avenue. Motorist should follow all traffic signs and flaggers in the area. Alternate routes include Cumberland Avenue, S. Gay Street, Union Avenue, and S. Central Street. Please see attached map for more information. Follow up advisories will be issued as necessary.

 

 

 

 

 

 

June 16, 2015 UPDATE - Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project – State Street Road Closure [June 17 – July 2] – KUB and its contractor will close a short section of State Street to traffic between W. Church Avenue and Clinch Avenue starting at 7 a.m., Tuesday, June 17, until 7 p.m., Thursday, July 2, as work continues on the Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project. Alternate routes include W. Church Avenue, S. Gay Street, Union Avenue, S. Central Street, and Clinch Avenue. Please see attached map for more information. Follow up advisories will be issued as necessary.  

 

Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project – South Broadway Street Road Closure [EXTENDED June 17] – KUB and its contractor will close S. Broadway Street between W. Hill Avenue and Front Avenue in downtown Knoxville to traffic on Wednesday, June 17, from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m., as work continues on the Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project. Front Avenue via Locust Street will be used as an alternating lane of traffic for the residences in the area, and the parking area off S. Broadway Street can be accessed from Locust 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. 

 

 

June 15, 2015 UPDATE - Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project – South Broadway Street Road Closure [EXTENDED June 16] – KUB and its contractor will close S. Broadway Street between W. Hill Avenue and Front Avenue in downtown Knoxville to traffic on Tuesday, June 16, from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m., as work continues on the Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project. Front Avenue via Locust Street will be used as an alternating lane of traffic for the residences in the area, and the parking area off S. Broadway Street can be accessed from Locust 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. More information on this and other KUB construction projects can be found at www.kub.org.

 

June 12, 2015 UPDATE – This week, KUB’s contractor, Garney Construction, completed tie-over of water services on S. Gay Street, along with fire hydrant installation. Crews also finished installation of water main along Front Avenue, and began working on S. Broadway Street in downtown Knoxville.

 

Next week, restoration on S. Gay Street will begin, which will include paving and concrete work. All lanes of S. Gay Street are expected to reopen by the end of next week. On Monday, June 15, S. Broadway Street in downtown Knoxville will be closed between W. Hill Avenue and Front Avenue. Front Avenue will be used as an alternating lane of traffic for access to the apartments/residences in this area (see traffic map in upper right hand corner of this blog for more detailed information).

 

Also, on Monday, June 15, and Tuesday, June 16, State Street between W. Church Avenue and Clinch Avenue (behind the Tennessee Theatre) will be reduced to one lane of northbound traffic (see traffic map in upper right hand corner of this blog for more detailed information). During the day on Wednesday, June 17, this will become a full road closure for this block, which will last through Thursday, July 2. Alternate routes during this time will include Cumberland Avenue, S. Gay Street, Clinch Avenue, S. Central Street, and Union Avenue. The State Street parking garage should be accessed via Union Avenue, Clinch Avenue, and State Street (following S. Central Street, Clinch Avenue, and State Street). A map with more detailed information will be posted early next week showing the full closure of this block of State Street.

 

Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project Photos – June 8-12, 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June 12, 2015 UPDATE - Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project – South Gay Street Lane Closures [June 12] – KUB and its contractor will maintain a lane closure of one lane in each direction (both inside lanes) on South Gay Street on a one block section between W. Church Avenue and Cumberland Avenue, until 3 p.m., today, June 12, as work continues on the Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project. The two outside lanes remain open on this block of S. Gay Street. During all work, NO on street parking will be allowed in the work zone. 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.

 

Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project – South Broadway Street Road Closure [June 12, 15] – KUB and its contractor will close S. Broadway Street between W. Hill Avenue and Front Avenue in downtown Knoxville to traffic on Friday, June 12, and Monday, June 15, from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m., as work continues on the Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project. This area will be reopened over the weekend. Front Avenue via Locust Street will be used as an alternating lane of traffic for the residences in the area, and the parking area off S. Broadway Street can be accessed from Locust Street. Follow up advisories will be issued as necessary.

 

Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project – State Street Lane Closure [June 15-16] – KUB and its contractor will reduce a short section of State Street to one lane of traffic between W. Church Avenue and Clinch Avenue starting at 7 a.m., Monday, June 15, until 7 p.m., Tuesday, June 16, as work continues on the Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project. One lane of traffic will be maintained during this lane closure. During all work, NO on street parking will be allowed in the work zone. Please see attached map for more information. Follow up advisories will be issued as necessary.

 

June 10, 2015 UPDATE- Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project – South Broadway Street Lane Closure [June 11] – KUB and its contractor will reduce S. Broadway Street between W. Hill Avenue and Front Avenue in downtown Knoxville to an alternating lane of traffic on Thursday, June 11, from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m., as work continues on the Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project. Parking access will be maintained. Follow up advisories will be issued as necessary.

 

 

 

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.


 

Westland Drive Electric System Improvements

 

Area Map

 

Westland Drive Electric System Improvements (July 6-10, 2015) - KUB’s plans to improve electric system reliability issues with upgrades to utility infrastructure in the Westland Drive area have been moved up to take advantage of current low traffic volume and the opportunity to partner with the City of Knoxville’s traffic plan related to ongoing bridge and roadway work in the area.

 

To avoid impacting the area a second time at a later date when traffic has been returned to normal, KUB has coordinated with the City of Knoxville to safely complete electric system improvements on this narrow section of Westland Drive beginning on Monday, July 6.

 

The closure of this section of Westland Drive between Rotherwood Drive and Sherwood Drive to the west will be in effect daily from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Monday, July 6, through Friday, July 10 (weather permitting) to avoid impacting the morning and afternoon commutes. Alternate routes during the above-mentioned work hours include Rotherwood Drive, Tain Road, and Sherwood Drive.

 

Minimal electric service outages lasting no longer than 45 minutes may be required in the immediate area near poles and transformers. KUB will notify all affected customers at least 24 hours in advance of any planned service interruption. Access for emergency vehicles will be maintained at all times. Access to driveways and other entrances/exits will remain open for local traffic (where possible). Any changes to this schedule will be communicated to customers in the affected area.

 

Electronic message boards will be placed near key intersections at both the east and west ends of the closure area the week of June 29 to alert commuters about the pending traffic pattern change. Additionally, KUB will issue a traffic advisory to local media outlets announcing the closures. This information will also be posted on our website at www.kub.org and on Facebook and Twitter.

 

Appropriate traffic control measures 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.


 

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

 

 

July 1, 2015 -KUB’s contractor, Southeast Connections (SEC), has completed pipeline installation from Topside Road to Alcoa Highway, and is finishing final tie ins. The bore underneath Alcoa Highway is ongoing, and this work will continue over the next few weeks. Crews are also working on restoration in some work areas, and nearly half of the right-of-way restoration is complete.

 

 

June 3, 2015 – KUB’s contractor, Southeast Connections (SEC), has completed pipeline installation along Legion Drive, and continues to work along Belt Road near Maloney Road. Pipeline installation is also complete from Alcoa Highway to Woodson Drive. Crews are working south of Woodson Drive toward John Hall Road.

 

May 29, 2015 - KUB and its contractor, Southeast Connections, are in the final stages of work in I.C. King Park, and will return park operations to Knox County Parks and Recreation on schedule on Monday, June 1. Two bike trails located in the north end of I.C. King Park will remain closed as Knox County Parks and Recreation performs trail maintenance. The park has been closed since early March as more than 4,000 feet of steel pipeline was installed as part of KUB's South Loop Natural Gas Pipeline Installation Project. KUB wants to thank Knox County Parks and Recreation, and the public for their cooperation and understanding during the closure.

 

The South Loop Natural Gas Pipeline Project, which extends between the KUB Topside Road Gate Station and the University of Tennessee golf practice facility off Alcoa Highway, will provide a portion of the connecting pipeline that will allow the UT 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.

 

KUB will continue to post regular updates throughout the project on its website at www.kub.org, and on the KUB Facebook page. Additionally, KUB has set up a blog at http://kubsouthloop.blogspot.com/ to keep customers informed about project milestones. 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.  

 

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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