Special Projects

 

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.

 

List of Current Special Projects

Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project

Ft. Sanders Wastewater Collection System Improvements

South Northshore Drive Natural Gas and Water Main Replacement

Wayland Road Water Storage Tank Project

South Loop Natural Gas Main Pipeline Installation Project

 

 

 

Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project

Downtown Project Information Sheet and Area Maps

Downtown Century II Blog

 

December 12, 2014 UPDATE – KUB’s contractor, Garney Construction, completed wastewater work on Clinch Avenue. Crews also installed more than 90 feet of water main extending from West Summit Hill Drive through the parking lot of Bacon and Company (200 West Summit Hill Drive) toward Fire Street. The two way traffic control was removed from South Central Street as well.

Next week, paving crews will restore Clinch Avenue. Garney Construction crews will begin their work in West Summit Hill Drive. This will necessitate a full road closure of the westbound lanes of West Summit Hill Drive between South Central Street and State Street. The detour for this route is South Central Street, to Commerce Avenue, to State Street. This work will occur daily between 7 a.m. – 6 p.m., Monday – Friday, December 15-19. Crews will restore traffic flow to the area Friday evening, and will not be working the week of December 22, in observance of the Christmas holiday. Crews will return to work Monday, December 29, through Wednesday, December 31.


Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project Photos –December 8-12, 2014

Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project – West Summit Hill Drive Road Closure [December 15-19] – KUB and its contractor, Garney Construction, will close a short section of westbound West Summit Hill Drive between Central Street and State Street daily, Monday - Friday, between 7 a.m. – 6 p.m., starting Monday, December 15, until Friday, December 19, as work continues on the Downtown Century II Multiple Utilities Upgrade Project. Traffic will be detoured to South Central Street, Commerce Avenue, and State Street. Please see the attached map for more detailed detour information. As work areas shift, follow up advisories will be issued.

 

December 5, 2014 UPDATE – KUB’s contractor, Garney Construction, continued new service tie overs on Clinch Avenue, Union Avenue, and Charles Place. Work has also continued along Clinch Avenue, Union Avenue, and State Street. 

Next week will be a busy week for Garney Construction crews. On Monday, crews will also begin work in the Bacon and Company Parking lot near the corner of West Summit Hill Drive and State Street. This work will impact the parking lot and Fire Street, and a traffic flagger will be present to help with any traffic issues. 

On Tuesday, December 9, crews will close State Street (between W. Church Avenue and Clinch Avenue) and Clinch Avenue (between South Central Street and S. Gay Street) for the day. Traffic wishing to enter the State Street Parking Garage must use the Union Avenue entrance only (the entrance on State Street and Clinch Avenue will be closed). Exiting traffic will still be allowed onto State Street as well as Union Avenue. Please view updated map for more detailed traffic information. 

Promenade Garage Work 

Volunteer Restoration crews will resume work Monday, December 8, to complete structural steel installation, concrete column repairs, drain installation, and signage projects. This work will take approximately two weeks, is expected to only impact a few parking spaces at any given time. 

For questions related to parking, please contact LAZ Parking at 865-525-4449 (Knoxville@lazparking.com) or PBA at 865-595-3350 (dfox@ktnpba.org). For KUB Customer Support, please contact Massamba Fall at 558-2126 (office) or 705-3501 (cell) or Ann Keener at 558-2140 (office) or 313-3212 (cell). 

Attached below are photos from the past two weeks of construction activity.

 

November 26, 2014 UPDATE - Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project – West Summit Hill Drive Road Closure [December 1-3] – KUB and its contractor, Garney Construction, will close a short section of eastbound West Summit Hill Drive between State Street and South Gay Street daily, between 7 a.m. – 6 p.m., starting Monday, December 1, until Wednesday, December 3, as work continues on the Downtown Century II Multiple Utilities Upgrade Project. Eastbound traffic will be detoured to Gay Street, Jackson Avenue, and S. Central Street. All lanes will be open outside of these hours. Some night and weekend work may be required to meet project milestone dates. As work areas shift, follow up advisories will be issued.

 

November 21, 2014 UPDATE – KUB’s contractor, Garney Construction, completed installation of the new water main along Clinch Avenue and Charles Place this week. Trench patching was also completed along State Street between Clinch Avenue and Union Avenue. Next week, crews will continue to tie services over on Clinch Avenue, Union Avenue, and Charles Place. Crews will not work Thursday, November 27, and Friday, November 28, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.

Promenade Garage Work

Volunteer Restoration crews will return next week, the week of November 24. It was previously planned that after the upper decks were finished, crews would then close and repair the lowest level of the garage. KUB has decided to postpone this work until warmer temperatures return in the Spring and Summer of 2015 as some of the remaining repairs are dependent upon air temperature. In the meantime, crews will complete smaller portions of the project that will only impact a few parking spaces at any given time. These projects are not weather sensitive, and will allow for faster completion of the work during the second phase of the project. KUB will issue more information on this work before the next phase begins. 

For questions related to parking, please contact LAZ Parking at 865-525-4449 (Knoxville@lazparking.com) or PBA at 865-595-3350 (dfox@ktnpba.org). For KUB Customer Support, please contact Massamba Fall at 558-2126 (office) or 705-3501 (cell) or Ann Keener at 558-2140 (office) or 313-3212 (cell).

 NOTE: There will be no update Friday, November 28. 

Attached below are photos from this week of construction activity.

Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project Photos – November 17 – November 21, 2014

November 14, 2014 UPDATE – KUB’s contractor, Garney Construction, continued installation of the water main along Clinch Avenue between State Street and South Gay Street. Crews were able to complete the installation and tested the new water main along Union Avenue between State Street and South Gay Street. Water main installation also began late this week along Charles Place between Commerce Avenue and West Summit Hill Drive. 

Next week, waterline installation will continue along Clinch Avenue between South Gay Street and State Street and on Charles Place. Paving crews will also complete patching along Union Avenue and State Street between Union Avenue and Clinch Avenue. 

Promenade Garage Work

The upper levels of the parking garage have reopened to traffic. Crews will return to work the week of November 24, performing small jobs on the lower level of the garage that will only impact a few parking spaces at a time. 

For questions related to parking, please contact LAZ Parking at 865-525-4449 (Knoxville@lazparking.com) or PBA at 865-595-3350 (dfox@ktnpba.org). For KUB Customer Support, please contact Massamba Fall at 558-2126 (office) or 705-3501 (cell) or Ann Keener at 558-2140 (office) or 313-3212 (cell). 

Attached below are photos from this week of construction activity. 

Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project Photos – November 10 – November 14, 2014

 

November 7, 2014 UPDATE – KUB’s contractor, Garney Construction, completed the waterline installation work along State Street between Union Avenue and Clinch Avenue, and began waterline installation along Union Avenue between South Gay Street and State Street. Crews also began excavation and the complex installation of utility mains in the intersection of State Street and Clinch Avenue. Contract paving crews also completed paving State Street between Union and Commerce Avenue, and travelers should continue to follow the traffic flaggers and signs posted in the area.

Next week, waterline installation will continue along Union Avenue and Clinch Avenue between South Gay Street and State Street.

Promenade Garage Work 
KUB’s contractor, Volunteer Restoration, has completed sealing and striping the upper two decks of the Promenade Garage. Also, the expansion joints have been replaced.

On Monday, November 10, crews will begin to open the upper levels of the garage and Tuesday morning, November 11, the upper two levels of the garage will be open for parking and the garage will return to normal traffic flow. Traffic should enter and exit the garage via the booth on the south end of the garage near the State Street and Union Avenue intersection. Work will continue on the lower level of the garage, but will only impact a few parking spaces at a time. Otherwise, parking will resume as normal in the Promenade Parking Garage.

For questions related to parking, please contact LAZ Parking at 865-525-4449 (Knoxville@lazparking.com) or PBA at 865-595-3350 (dfox@ktnpba.org). For KUB Customer Support, please contact Massamba Fall at 558-2126 (office) or 705-3501 (cell) or Ann Keener at 558-2140 (office) or 313-3212 (cell).

Attached below are photos from this week of construction activity.

Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade
 

Promenade Garage

 

October 31, 2014 UPDATE – KUB’s contractor, Garney Construction, completed waterline installation work along State Street between Union Avenue and Commerce Avenue, which allowed for trench paving in that area. Waterline installation has continued down State Street between Union Avenue and Clinch Avenue, while maintaining access to the State Street Parking Garage.

Next week, waterline installation will commence along Union Avenue and Clinch Avenue between State Street and South Gay Street.

Garney Construction crews will not be working this Saturday, November 1.

Promenade Garage Work 
KUB’s contractor, Volunteer Restoration, has completed sealing and striping the upper two decks of the Promenade Garage. Next, the expansion joints will be replaced and the drainage system repaired, which will complete the work on the upper levels of the Promenade Garage.

Volunteer Restoration crews will not be working this Saturday, November 1.

For questions related to parking, please contact LAZ Parking at 865-525-4449 (Knoxville@lazparking.com) or PBA at 865-595-3350 (dfox@ktnpba.org). For KUB Customer Support, please contact Massamba Fall at 558-2126 (office) or 705-3501 (cell) or Ann Keener at 558-2140 (office) or 313-3212 (cell).

Attached below are photos from this week of construction activity.

Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade

Promenade Garage

October 24, 2014 UPDATE – KUB’s contractor, Garney Construction, completed installation of nearly 250’ of electrical duct bank on State Street, along with 388’ of natural gas main. A wastewater manhole was also installed on State Street. Testing of the newly installed water main along State Street between Commerce Avenue and Union Avenue was also completed this week.

Next week, water installation will continue on State Street between Union Avenue and Clinch Avenue. Paving will also begin on State Street in areas where work has been completed.

Crews will not be working this Saturday, October 25, or Monday, October 27. Construction will resume Tuesday, October 28.

Promenade Garage Work
KUB’s contractor, Volunteer Restoration, began sealing the upper two decks of the Promenade Garage this week. The application of this sealant will continue into this weekend and next week, with parking lines and parking bumpers/stops to be installed next. Additionally, the expansion joints will be replaced and the drainage system repaired, which will complete the work on the upper levels of the Promenade Garage. The timeframe for this work to be completed is the next 7-10 days (weather permitting).

Volunteer Restoration crews will work this Saturday, October 25, and possibly Sunday, October 26, between 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. in order to meet project deadlines.

For questions related to parking, please contact LAZ Parking at 865-525-4449 (Knoxville@lazparking.com) or PBA at 865-595-3350 (dfox@ktnpba.org).

For KUB Customer Support, please contact Massamba Fall at 558-2126 (office) or 705-3501 (cell) or Ann Keener at 558-2140 (office) or 313-3212 (cell).

Attached below are photos from this week of construction activity.

Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project

Promenade Garage 

 

October 17, 2014 UPDATE – KUB’s contractor, Garney Construction, completed installation of 249 feet of electric duct bank on State Street between Union Avenue and Commerce Avenue. Crews also installed 310 feet of water main on State Street this week.

Garney Construction Crews will be working this Saturday, October 18.

Starting Monday, October 20, crews will extend the closure of the work zone to include Union Avenue and Clinch Avenue both between South Gay Street and State Street. Traffic access will be maintained to the State Street Garage on State Street, Clinch Avenue, and Union Avenue. Those wishing to park in the Promenade Parking Garage will access the garage by taking South Central Street to Union Avenue to access the garage. Please see the linked traffic maps on the right hand side of this page for more detailed traffic information.

Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project – Union Avenue and Clinch Avenue Road Closure, State Street Lane Closure [October 20-November 14] – KUB and its contractor, Garney Construction, will close a section of Union Avenue and Clinch Avenue between South Gay Street and State Street, and reduce State Street to one lane between Clinch Avenue and Union Avenue, starting on Monday, October 20, and lasting through Friday, November 14, as work continues on the Downtown Century II multiple utilities upgrade project. State Street remains closed to traffic between the Promenade Parking Garage and Commerce Avenue. There will be no curbside parking available along State Street. Motorists wishing to access the Promenade Garage are recommended to follow South Central Street to Union Avenue. Customers will be able to enter and exit the Promenade Garage in the usual manner via the south booth (closest to the Union Avenue intersection). Exiting traffic will be required to turn right onto State Street, and then make a left turn on to Union Avenue (see attached map). Additionally, S. Central Street will be bidirectional between Commerce Avenue and Union Avenue. These activities will take place over the course of the day, Monday, October 20. Some night and weekend work may be required to meet project milestone dates. As work areas shift, follow up advisories will be issued.

Promenade Garage Work

KUB’s contractor, Volunteer Restoration, continues repair and maintenance work to the Promenade Garage, and the upper two levels remain closed to pedestrian and vehicle traffic. Crews will complete sealing the parking surface in the coming weeks.

Volunteer Restoration crews will work this Saturday and Sunday, October 18 and 19, between 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., to make up for time lost due to this week’s rain.

For questions related to parking, please contact LAZ Parking at 865-525-4449 (Knoxville@lazparking.com) or PBA at 865-595-3350 (dfox@ktnpba.org). For KUB Customer Support, please contact Massamba Fall at 558-2126 (office) or 705-3501 (cell) or Ann Keener at 558-2140 (office) or 313-3212 (cell).

Attached below are photos from this week of construction activity.

 

October 10, 2014 UPDATE – KUB’s contractor, Garney Construction, completed their work along South Central Street between West Summit Hill Drive and Clinch Avenue and along Commerce Avenue between State Street and South Central Street. These roadways were reopened to traffic midweek, and work has now shifted to the section of State Street in front of the Promenade Garage.

Crews have begun water main work along State Street at the intersection of Union Avenue progressing toward West Summit Hill Drive. A large crane was brought onsite Friday morning to complete the installation of the third and final 84,000 pound electric vault associated with the project on the east side of State Street. 

There will be no work this Saturday, October 11. 

Promenade Garage Work

 KUB’s contractor, Volunteer Restoration, has completed prepping the concrete for traffic coating. Weather permitting, crews will begin applying this coating Tuesday, October 14. Those in the area can expect an odor associated with this coating, but it is safe. 

For questions related to parking, please contact LAZ Parking at 865-525-4449 (Knoxville@lazparking.com) or PBA at 865-595-3350 (dfox@ktnpba.org). For KUB Customer Support, please contact Massamba Fall at 558-2126 (office) or 705-3501 (cell) or Ann Keener at 558-2140 (office) or 313-3212 (cell). 

Attached below are photos from this week of construction activity.

October 7, 2014 UPDATE – KUB’s contractor, Garney Construction, is in the process of transitioning from their work zones along South Central Street and Commerce Avenue to State Street. Rain has made working conditions difficult for crews this week, and KUB has worked with the City of Knoxville to ensure that previously closed roads are reopened in a timely manner. During the course of the day, Wednesday, October 8, the contractor will complete signage and pavement markings in order to transfer traffic over the course of the day to the new traffic control plan. 

Starting on Wednesday, October 8, a portion of State Street will close to traffic and street parking from the midway point of the Promenade Garage to Commerce Avenue. This will last through mid-November. 

Starting in mid-October and lasting through mid-November, this closure will expand to include a full road closure of Clinch Avenue and Union Avenue (between Gay Street and State Street). A lane closure will be implemented on State Street (between Clinch Avenue and the midway point of the Promenade Garage). For more detailed information, including a map of traffic flow, please click here

During this time frame (October 8 through mid-November), traffic exiting the Promenade Parking Garage will be required to turn right onto State Street, and make a left turn on to Union Avenue. Traffic will be bidirectional along South Central Street between Commerce Avenue and Union Avenue to allow traffic exiting both the State Street Parking Garage and Promenade Parking Garage access to West Summit Hill Drive. 

KUB wants to encourage all drivers to use caution when traveling in this area, especially during peak driving hours. Please be mindful of crews and equipment, and allow yourself additional time to reach your destination. The safety of KUB’s employees, contractors, and the public is KUB’s highest ethical responsibility, and our crews are working diligently to complete this project in a safe and timely manner. 

To see a full copy of the news release issued by KUB today, October 7, please click here.

 

October 3, 2014 UPDATE – KUB’s contractor, Garney Construction, has spent this week working along Union Avenue and Clinch Avenue. Paving crews were also brought in, and have begun paving South Central Street and Commerce Avenue. This paving will last through Monday, October 6. On Tuesday, October 7, crews will begin transitioning to State Street. On Wednesday, October 8, Commerce Avenue, South Central Street, Union Avenue, and Clinch Avenue will all reopen to traffic, and Garney crews will shift their work zone to State Street.

A portion of State Street will be closed to traffic and street parking from the midway point of the Promenade Garage to Commerce Avenue, starting Wednesday, October 8 through mid-October. Starting in mid-October and lasting through mid-November, State Street will be closed to traffic and parking from the midway point of the Promenade Garage to Commerce Avenue along with a full road closure of Clinch Avenue and Union Avenue (between Gay Street and State Street). A lane closure will be implemented on State Street (between Clinch Avenue and the midway point of the Promenade Garage). For more detailed information, including a map of traffic flow, please click here.

Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project – State Street Road Closure [October 8-November 14] – KUB and its contractor, Garney Construction, will close a section State Street between the Promenade Garage and Commerce Avenue starting the morning of Wednesday, October 8, until Friday November 14, as work is completed on the Downtown Century II multiple utilities upgrade project. There will be no curbside parking available along State Street. Customers will be able to enter and exit the Promenade Garage in the usual manner via the south booth. Exiting traffic will be required to turn right onto State Street, and then make a left turn on to Union Avenue (see attached map). Some night and weekend work may be required to meet project milestone dates. As work areas shift, follow up advisories will be issued.

Promenade Garage Work 
KUB’s contractor, Volunteer Restoration, also began work on the Promenade Parking Garage this week. This work is expected to last through December 2014 (weather permitting). The upper two decks are currently closed to parking, and will remain closed for the next several weeks before crews are able to move to the lower levels of the parking garage. Traffic should continue to enter/exit the garage in the normal manner via the booth located on the south end of the garage near the intersection of Union Avenue and State Street. Overflow traffic is directed to the State Street Garage where monthly parkers from the Promenade Garage will have their hangtags honored. Pedestrian traffic will also be blocked from cutting through the Promenade Garage from State Street to access South Gay Street. Pedestrians should follow the sidewalk along State Street toward Union Avenue to access South Gay Street.

For questions related to parking, please contact LAZ Parking at 865-525-4449 (Knoxville@lazparking.com) or PBA at 865-595-3350 (dfox@ktnpba.org). For KUB Customer Support, please contact Massamba Fall at 558-2126 (office) or 705-3501 (cell) or Ann Keener at 558-2140 (office) or 313-3212 (cell). Construction will not take place Saturday, October 4.

Attached below are photos from this week of construction activity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

September 26, 2014 UPDATE – KUB’s contractor, Garney Construction, completed testing the water line along Commerce Avenue. Crews also have worked to restore the right-of-ways along South Central Street, Union Avenue, and Commerce Avenue. 

If necessary, crews will work a half day Saturday, September 27. 

Next week, full paving will take place along South Central Street, with patching being laid on Commerce Avenue and Union Avenue. After paving and patching is complete, these roadways along with Clinch Avenue will reopen Monday, October 6. This is dependent upon the completion of the paving work the week of September 29, which is subject to weather and project delays. If such a delay occurs, KUB will notify the public and local officials.

At this point, KUB construction activities will shift to State Street. A portion of State Street will be closed to traffic and street parking from the midway point of the Promenade Garage to Commerce Avenue starting Monday, October 6 through mid-October. Starting in mid-October and lasting through mid-November, State Street will be closed to traffic and parking from the midway point of the Promenade Garage to Commerce Avenue along with a full road closure of Clinch Avenue and Union Avenue (between Gay Street and State Street). A lane closure will be implemented on State Street (between Clinch Avenue and the midway point of the Promenade Garage). For more detailed information, including a map of traffic flow, please click here.

Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project – S. Central Street and Commerce Avenue Closure EXTENDED [September 30-October 5] – KUB and its contractor, Garney Construction, will extend the closure a section of S. Central Street (between West Summit Hill Drive and Clinch Avenue) and Commerce Avenue (between State Street and S. Central Street) through Sunday, October 5, as work is completed on the Downtown Century II multiple utilities upgrade project. Alternate routes include James White Parkway to Cumberland Avenue; E. Summit Hill Drive to S. Hall Of Fame Drive to E. Church Avenue. During this closure, the State Street Parking Garage should be entered and exited via State Street. S. Central Avenue continues to be bi-directional between Cumberland Avenue and Clinch Avenue to allow for access to parking behind First Presbyterian Church. Motorists are advised to proceed with caution. Some night and weekend work may be required to meet project milestone dates. As work areas shift, follow up advisories will be issued.

Promenade Garage Work 

Knoxville Utilities Board will also be making necessary repairs to the Promenade Parking Garage, located downtown at 401 State Street, in the coming months. Starting Saturday, September 27, the upper two decks of the garage will close. All vehicles should be removed from these levels before Sunday, September 28. On Monday, September 29, contract crews from Volunteer Restoration will mobilize on site and begin work. This work is expected to last through the end of December 2014 (weather permitting). Traffic should continue to enter/exit the garage via the booth located on the south end of the garage near the intersection of Union Avenue and State Street. Overflow traffic is directed to the State Street Garage where monthly parkers from the Promenade Garage will have their hangtags honored. Pedestrian traffic will also be blocked from cutting through the Promenade Garage from State Street to access South Gay Street. Pedestrians should follow the sidewalk along State Street toward Union Avenue to access South Gay Street. 

For questions related to parking, please contact LAZ Parking at 865-525-4449 (Knoxville@lazparking.com) or PBA at 865-595-3350 (dfox@ktnpba.org). For KUB Customer Support, please contact Massamba Fall at 558-2126 (office) or 705-3501 (cell) or Ann Keener at 558-2140 (office) or 313-3212 (cell). 

To see the news release for this work, please click here.

Attached below are photos from this week of construction activity.

 

September 19, 2014 UPDATE – KUB’s contractor, Garney Construction, installed 300 feet of electric conduit on Commerce Avenue this week. Additionally, crews finished the testing process on the water main located on South Central Street between Clinch Avenue and West Summit Hill Drive and the main is in service. Crews installed 325 feet of water main on Union Avenue, between South Central Street and State Street.  

In the week ahead, crews will complete the water main work on Commerce Avenue and complete the waste water work along Union Avenue, and install water main along Charles Place. Additionally, the section of Clinch Avenue between South Gay Street and State Street will be closed to traffic from 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Tuesday, September 23.

As a follow up to last week's update, crews will not be working this Saturday. 

All current traffic control measures remain in place. Please see the Information Sheet/Project map for more information.

Attached below are photos from this week of construction activity.

 

September 12, 2014 UPDATE – KUB’s contractor, Garney Construction, installed the second of three 84,000 pound electrical vaults on Commerce Avenue this week. Additionally, the water line along South Central Street was completed. Crews also installed 150 feet of water main on Union Avenue, between South Central Street and State Street. More than 500 feet of wastewater main has been installed on State Street and Union Avenue, and wastewater work in this area is nearing completion. 

In the week ahead, crews will continue the installation of electric duct bank on Commerce Avenue and finish the water and wastewater lines on Union Avenue between State Street and South Central Street. 

Construction crews will be working the next three Saturdays (September 13, 20, and 27) while there are no UT home games scheduled. 

All current traffic control measures remain in place. Please see the Information Sheet/Project map for more information. 

Attached below are photos from this week of construction activity.

 

September 5, 2014 - UPDATE - KUB’s contractor, Garney Construction, installed the first of three electrical vaults on South Central Street this week. Crews also installed 258 feet of pipeline along South Central Street between Commerce Avenue and Union Avenue. Contract crews completed pipe bursting along Union Avenue, Clinch Avenue, and State Street. The new waterline along South Central Street is complete, and in the process of being tested. 

In the week ahead, crews will begin electric duct bank work and electric vault work on Commerce Avenue. Crews will also install a new temporary entrance to the apartments located at the intersection of Commerce Avenue and South Central Street. 

Attached below are photos from this week of construction activity.

 

 

September 4, 2014, AFTERNOON UPDATE – State Street Lane Closure [September 5] – KUB and its contractor, Garney Construction, will reduce State Street to one lane of traffic between Union Avenue and Commerce Avenue from 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Friday, September 5, as work is completed on the Downtown Century II multiple utilities upgrade. As work areas shift, additional advisories will be issued.

 

September 4, 2014, UPDATEWork has been extended on Union Avenue. Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project – Union Avenue Road Closure EXTENDED [September 4] – KUB and its contractor, Garney Construction, have closed a section of Union Avenue between South Gay Street and State Street, today, Thursday, September 4, as work is completed on the Downtown Century II multiple utilities upgrade project. Access to Fire Alley will be maintained via West Summit Hill Drive, with traffic exiting Fire Alley via Union Avenue to State Street. This section of Union Avenue will reopen by 6 p.m. As work areas shift, follow up advisories will be issued.

 

August 29, 2014 UPDATE - KUB’s contractor, Garney Construction, completed installation of 100 feet of electric duct bank on South Central Street toward Union Avenue. Additionally, 298 feet of water main has been installed on South Central Street, tying into the existing main on Clinch Avenue. More than 650 feet of wastewater main has been installed along various points of South Central Street, Clinch Avenue, and Union Avenue.

 

There will be no work on August 30, August 31, or September 1 in observance of Boomsday, the University of Tennessee home opener, and the Labor Day Holiday. In preparation for this weekend’s events, crews will work to assure that the appropriate areas are closed off to pedestrians, and that any walkways are clear of debris and open to pedestrian traffic. As a reminder, the marked-off areas, construction machinery and tools are off limits to the general public, and any road closures for construction will remain in effect. During this time frame, access WILL BE allowed to the State Street Parking Garage via Union Avenue and Clinch Avenue. Access to the garage via Clinch Avenue will be gained by a right hand turn at the State Street/Clinch Avenue intersection.

 

Next week, crews will begin installing the electrical conduit on Commerce Avenue, as well as chlorinate and test the water main along South Central Street. Pipe bursting will take place on Union Avenue Wednesday of next week (September 3), during which time Union Avenue will be closed between South Gay Street and State Street from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. This closure will also impact part of the Union Avenue/State Street intersection, but traffic will still be allowed through the intersection along State Street.

 

Attached below are photos from this week of construction activity.

 

Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project Photos – August 25-29, 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

August 22, 2014 UPDATE – KUB’s contractor, Garney Construction, closed off South Central street from Union Avenue to Clinch Avenue along with closing both Union Avenue and Clinch Avenue between State Street and South Central Street. Crews completed the installation of 204 feet of electrical duct bank on South Central Street, along with installing 350 feet of water main on South Central Street toward Clinch Avenue. Additionally, 305 feet of 10 inch high-density polyethylene (HDPE ) pipe was installed.

 

Next week, crews will install wastewater main on South Central Street and pipe bursting will continue on Union Avenue, Clinch Avenue, and State Street. Wastewater pipe will also be installed along South Central Street between West Summit Hill Drive and Commerce Avenue.

 

As a reminder, all traffic entering and exiting the State Street Parking Garage should use the entrance/exit on State Street. The Union Avenue and Clinch Avenue entrances/exits remained closed to coincide with the road closures in effect on those streets.

 

There will be no work on August 30, August 31, or September 1 in observance of Boomsday, the University of Tennessee home opener, and the Labor Day Holiday.

 

Attached below are photos from this week of construction activity.

 

Project Photos August 18 - 22

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

August 15, 2014 UPDATE – KUB’s contractor, Garney Construction, continued the installation of water main and electrical duct bank along South Central Street, with approximately 350 feet of water main and 400 feet of concrete encased electrical duct bank installed. Crews will be on site next week to repair the sidewalk along South Central Street.

 

 

Next week, crews will begin sewer work along Union Avenue and on South Central between Union Avenue and Clinch Avenue. An updated traffic plan will be announced shortly. The State Street Parking Garage should be entered and exited via State Street.

 

For the month of August, construction will take place on Saturdays starting at 7 a.m.

 

August 8, 2014 UPDATE – KUB’s contractor, Garney Construction, set the second of three precast concrete electrical manholes planned for this project. Each of the electrical manholes weighs 42,000 pounds. Along S. Central Street, crews have begun work on the electrical duct bank, installing 160 feet of concrete encased conduit toward Summit Hill Drive. Additionally, 740 feet of eight inch water main has been installed.

 

Next week, crews will begin installing electrical conduit down S. Central Street toward Union Avenue, and continue the water main installation down S. Central Street toward Summit Hill Drive.

 

For the month of August, construction will take place on Saturdays starting at 7 a.m.

 

Pipe installation at north end of S. Central Street near Summit Hill Drive.

 

 

 

 

 

Setting the second of three large precast electrical vaults on S. Central Street, near the KUB downtown substation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

August 1, 2014 UPDATE – KUB’s contractor, Garney Construction, set the first of three electrical manholes into S. Central Street this week. A large crane was brought on site to place the electrical vault adjacent to the first electrical manhole, at the intersection of S. Central and Commerce Avenue. Additionally, crews relocated a section of natural gas pipeline on S. Central Street, and completed open cut wastewater work for future use in Marble Alley. The replacement of 8” water main has also begun along S. Central Street.

 

Next week, Garney Construction crews will begin installing electrical conduit along S. Central Street, and continue their water main replacement and installation. Additionally, crews will be adding Saturday work within the designated construction hours through the month of August.

 

Attached below are captions and accompanying photos.

 

View of S. Central Street construction from atop State Street Garage.

 

 

 

 

 

Representatives from KUB, Garney Construction, and City of Knoxville attend weekly construction progress meeting.

 

 

 

Setting pre-cast electric vault at S. Central Street and Commerce Street

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Construction activity during the week of July 28 - August 1, 2014.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 TankProject (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

 

Nov 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.

 

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

 

 

 

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