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.

 

August 28, 2015 UPDATE –  This week, Garney Construction water crews began work on Cumberland Avenue, starting at the S. Gay Street intersection progressing west toward Walnut Street. A second water crew also began work on State Street between Main Street and W. Hill Avenue. Crews also paved and reopened State Street between Clinch Avenue and W. Church Avenue to traffic.

Next week, crews will continue work in Cumberland Avenue in front of the Federal Courthouse. Prior to 9 a.m., traffic should enter the Federal Courthouse using the normal flow of traffic. After 9 a.m., the traffic flow indicated by the map in the upper right hand corner of this blog will be put into place for the remainder of the week. Also, State Street between Main Street and W. Hill Avenue is expected to be open to traffic; however, crews may return to the area to complete work south of W. Hill Avenue if progress allows. This section of roadway is expected to be closed again the following week (following Labor Day). Also, contract crews will be on site in Game Day Way and Maplehurst Court to complete wastewater work in those areas.

Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project – Game Day Way Road Closures [August 31 - September 11] – KUB and its contractor will maintain a closure of a short section of Game Day Way from 7 a.m., Monday, August 31, until 6 p.m., Friday, September 11, as work continues on the Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade project. Residents in this area should be mindful of the presence of construction workers and equipment, and follow all posted traffic signs. One cul-de-sac of Maplehurst Court will also remain closed during this time. Follow up advisories will be issued as necessary.


Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project Photos – August 24-28, 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

August 25, 2015 UPDATE – As Garney crews have worked in Cumberland Avenue near S. Gay Street, removing thick asphalt has slowed progress. The planned change in exiting traffic for the Federal Courthouse and surface parking lot on Cumberland Avenue, which was planned for this evening, has been postponed until 6 p.m. tomorrow, Wednesday, August 26. Please see the traffic map in the upper right hand corner of this blog for more detailed traffic information.

 

Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project – Cumberland Avenue Road Closures [August 26 – October 23] – KUB and its contractor will close a section of Cumberland Avenue between S. Gay Street and Walnut Street from 6 p.m., Wednesday, August 26, until 6 p.m., Friday, October 23, as work continues on the Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade project. Alternate routes include S. Gay Street, W. Church Avenue, Locust Street, Main Street, and Walnut Street. As a result of this closure, Market Street between Cumberland Avenue and W. Church Avenue will also be closed. Follow up advisories will be issued as necessary. Please see attached map for more detailed traffic information. KUB and its contractor will make every effort to reopen at least one lane of traffic in construction zones on weekends and holidays, construction conditions and safety permitting.

 

August 21, 2015 UPDATE – This week, Garney Construction crews completed work in State Street between Clinch Avenue and W. Church Avenue; however, due to heavy rain, roadway restoration was postponed until Monday morning, August 24. This will allow for appropriate time for the stone base to dry before roadway restoration begins. Crews will reopen one lane of this section of State Street on Wednesday, August 26. The remaining wastewater work in Journal Place Alley, along with the remaining concrete restoration of curbs and sidewalks, will last through the end of next week.

 

Also next week, crews will move to State Street between Main Street and W. Hill Avenue. There will be a road closure on this block of State Street from August 24 through September 4. Both the entrances and exits to the Dwight Kessel Parking Garage on W. Hill and Main Street/S. Central Street will be maintained. The State Street ENTRANCE to the garage will be closed while the EXIT will be maintained. BB&T Tower parkers should enter their garage via Main Street, and exit via W. Hill Avenue. Both the BB&T Tower Garage entrance and exit on State Street will be CLOSED during this time frame. Please see traffic map in the upper right hand corner of this blog and traffic advisories below for more detailed information.

 

Additionally, starting Monday, August 24, crews will move their work area to downtown Cumberland Avenue, near the Bijou and Howard H. Baker, Jr. U.S. Courthouse. Monday and Tuesday, August 24 & 25, crews will start work at the intersection of S. Gay Street and Cumberland Avenue, working west on Cumberland Avenue. This will require the outside, southbound lane of S. Gay Street to be closed at this intersection, which closes access to Cumberland Avenue. The inside lane of southbound S. Gay Street will remain open, and no turns on to Cumberland Avenue or through traffic on Cumberland Avenue will be provided. Motorists who park at the Courthouse should access the parking garage via Walnut Street, and exiting traffic will be maintained on Cumberland Avenue (see traffic map in the upper right hand corner of this blog and traffic advisories below for more detailed information).

 

On Wednesday, August 26, the closed lane on S. Gay Street will reopen, however, the full closure of Cumberland Avenue between S. Gay Street and Walnut Street will be maintained through OCTOBER 23. KUB and its contractor will make every effort possible to reopen at least one lane of traffic in construction zones on weekends and holidays, construction conditions and safety permitting. A new blog update and map will be issued Tuesday, August 25, to remind everyone of this change, and show the traffic flow patterns around the construction zone for August 26 through October 23.


 

Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project – State Street Road Closures [August 24 – September 4] – KUB and its contractor will close a short section of State Street between Main Street and W. Hill Avenue from 7 a.m., Monday, August 24, until 6 p.m., Friday, September 4, as work continues on the Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade project. The open lane is for traffic exiting the Dwight Kessel Parking Garage ONLY – motorists wishing to enter the garage must use either W. Hill Avenue or S. Central Street/Main Street. BB&T Tower traffic should use the Main Street entrance and W. Hill Avenue exit. Alternate routes include W. Hill Avenue, S. Gay Street, and Main Street. Follow up advisories will be issued as necessary. Please see attached map for more detailed traffic information.

 

Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project – Cumberland Avenue Road Closure & S. Gay Street/Cumberland Avenue Intersection Lane Closure [August 24-25] – KUB and its contractor will close the outside, southbound lane of the intersection of S. Gay Street and Cumberland Avenue, and Cumberland Avenue west of this intersection from 7 a.m., Monday, August 24, until 6 p.m., Tuesday, August 25, as work continues on the Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade project. The inside, southbound lane of S. Gay Street will remain open to traffic. NO turns from S. Gay Street or through traffic on to Cumberland Avenue will be available. Follow up advisories will be issued as necessary. Please see attached map for more detailed information.

 

Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project – Cumberland Avenue Road Closures [August 25 – October 23] – KUB and its contractor will close a section of Cumberland Avenue between S. Gay Street and Walnut Street from 6 p.m., Tuesday, August 25, until 6 p.m., Friday, October 23, as work continues on the Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade project. Alternate routes include S. Gay Street, W. Church Avenue, Locust Street, Main Street, and Walnut Street. As a result of this closure, Market Street between Cumberland Avenue and W. Church Avenue will also be closed. Follow up advisories will be issued as necessary. Please see attached map for more detailed traffic information. KUB and its contractor will make every effort to reopen at least one lane of traffic in construction zones on weekends and holidays, construction conditions and safety permitting.

 

 

August 18, 2015 UPDATE - Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project – State Street/Cumberland Avenue Intersection Closure [August 20-21] – KUB and its contractor will close the intersection of State Street and Cumberland Avenue from 10 p.m., Thursday, August 20, until 7 a.m., Friday, August 21, as work continues on the Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade project. Alternate Routes include S. Gay Street, W. Church Avenue, and Union Avenue. Traffic exiting James White Parkway must follow State Street. Follow up advisories will be issued as necessary.

 

August 14, 2015 UPDATE – This week, Garney Construction crews continued work in State Street between Clinch Avenue and W. Church Avenue. The original water main in this location was abandoned, and new services were put in place on the new 16” line. Crews installed two new wastewater manholes in this same location. Crews also continued work in Journal Place Alley, some of which has been restored, but more work will take place in this area next week.

 

One lane of State Street will be open this Saturday and Sunday, August 15 & 16.

 

Next week, the work in Journal Place Alley and State Street between Clinch Avenue and W. Church Avenue will be completed, and the roadway fully restored. Wastewater work in Game Day Way is also scheduled next week.

 

Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project Photos – August 10-14, 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

August 11, 2015 UPDATE - Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project – Game Day Way Road Closures [August 12-21] – KUB and its contractor will close a short section of Game Day Way from 7 a.m., Wednesday, August 12, until 6 p.m., Friday, August 21, as work continues on the Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade project. Residents in this area should be mindful of the presence of construction workers and equipment, and follow all posted traffic signs. Follow up advisories will be issued as necessary.

 

 

August 7, 2015 UPDATE – This week, Garney Construction wastewater crews completed work in Front Avenue. Water crews completed water main installation in State Street between Cumberland Avenue and Main Street, and in Journal Place Alley. These new lines are currently being tested, and will be placed into service next week. Garney Construction crews will then replace two manholes in State Street.

 

 

 

 

 

 

August 5, 2015 - UPDATE - Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project – Locust Street Road Closures [RESCHEDULED August 6-7] – KUB and its contractor will close a short section of Locust Street between W. Hill Avenue and Front Avenue from 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily, Thursday, August 6, and Friday, August 7, as work continues on the Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade project. Alternate routes include W. Hill Avenue, State Street, Cumberland Avenue, and S. Central Street. State Street between Cumberland Avenue and Main Street will be available as alternate route during this work. Motorists 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.

 

August 3, 2015 UPDATE – The originally scheduled closure of Locust Street between W. Hill Avenue and Front Avenue for Tuesday, August 4, has been canceled. The closure of this area for Wednesday, August 5, between 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. will continue as scheduled. Should work need to carry over into Thursday, an update will be posted.

 

 

July 31, 2015 UPDATE – This week, Garney Construction wastewater crews finished pipe bursting, testing, and paving work on W. Hill Avenue, and moved to State Street for additional wastewater work. Water crews also continue work in State Street between Clinch Avenue and W. Church Avenue, and in Journal Place between S. Gay Street and State Street. This small area has an abundance of underground utilities which has made work difficult, but crews successfully navigated around the multiple lines and will finish water line installation and testing in this area next week.

Also next week, crews will continue water main installation in State Street between Cumberland Avenue and W. Hill Avenue. On Tuesday, August 4, and Wednesday, August 5, crews plan to complete wastewater work in Locust Street between W. Hill Avenue and Front Avenue. This will require a road closure of this section of Locust Street (please see traffic advisories below and updated traffic map in the upper right hand corner of this blog for more information). Note: The closed section of State Street between Main Street and Cumberland Avenue (behind First Tennessee Plaza) will temporarily be reopened to traffic flow on August 4 and 5 to accommodate the detour from the Locust Street road closure. Crews will also be returning to Maplehurst Court within the next week to complete work there. This work will be announced once it is scheduled.

 

Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project – State Street Road Closure [EXTENDED August 3-21] – KUB crews will close a short section of State Street between Clinch Avenue and W. Church Avenue from 6 a.m. Monday, August 3, through 6 p.m. Friday, August 21, as work continues on the Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade project. As part of this work, crews will be working in Journal Place between S. Gay Street and State Street. Alternate routes include W. Church Avenue, S. Gay Street, Union Avenue, and S. Central Street. Motorists should follow all traffic signs in the area. Please see attached map for more information. Follow up advisories will be issued as necessary.

 

Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project – Locust Street Road Closures [August 4-5] – KUB and its contractor will close a short section of Locust Street between W. Hill Avenue and Front Avenue from 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily, Tuesday, August 4, and Wednesday, August 5, as work continues on the Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade project. Alternate routes include W. Hill Avenue, State Street, Cumberland Avenue, and S. Central Street. State Street between Cumberland Avenue and Main Street will be available as alternate route during this work. Motorists 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 Photos – July 27-31, 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 28, 2015 - UPDATE Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project – Hall of Fame Drive Lane Closure [July 29-31] – KUB crews will close the inside north and southbound lanes of a short section of Hall of Fame Drive at Cal Johnson Park and Recreation Center from 6 a.m. Wednesday, July 29, through 6 p.m. Friday, July 31, as work continues on the Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade project. The outside north and southbound lanes will remain open during this time, and access will be maintained to the park and the James White Parkway on-ramp. Motorists should follow all traffic signs in the area. Please see the traffic map for more information. Follow up advisories will be issued as necessary.

 

 

July 24, 2015 UPDATE – This week, Garney Construction crews completed installation of the wastewater manhole at the intersection of Cumberland Avenue and State Street, and rehabilitated the section of wastewater main along State Street between Clinch Avenue and Cumberland Avenue. Traffic flow in the Cumberland Avenue/State Street intersection area has returned to normal. Night crews completed replacement of the wastewater main and connected customer service lines to the new pipe on W. Hill Avenue, from Henley Street to Locust Street.

 

Next week, crews will continue work on two sections of State Street, between Main Street and Cumberland Avenue, and between W. Church Avenue and Clinch Avenue. Crews are scheduled to work on utility upgrades along Journal Place, just off State Street between W. Church Avenue and Clinch Avenue. Wastewater main work will continue on Front Avenue, and in the vicinity of Locust Street and Front Avenue. Crews are also scheduled to replace the wastewater main on a short section of S. Hall of Fame Drive between W. Church Avenue and the James White Parkway on-ramp. Crews will look to complete work in the southwest cul-de-sac area of Maplehurst Court. And, finally, wastewater system inspection work is scheduled on Strong Street for Monday morning. Please see the traffic map more information.

 

July 22, 2015 UPDATE - Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project – State Street Road Closure [July 23-29] – KUB crews will close a short section of State Street between Clinch Avenue and W. Church Avenue from  6 a.m. Thursday, July 23, through 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 29, as work continues on the Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade project. As part of this work, crews will be working in Journal Place between S. Gay Street and State Street. Alternate routes include W. Church Avenue, S. Gay Street, Union Avenue, and S. Central Street. Motorist should follow all traffic signs 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 & Cumberland Avenue Intersection Closure [EXTENDED July 23-24] – KUB and its contractor will maintain a continuous closure of the State Street and Cumberland Avenue intersection to traffic until 6 p.m., Friday, July 23, as work continues on the Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade project. This intersection has been closed since Monday, July 20. Cumberland Avenue between S. Gay Street and the First Tennessee Plaza parking garage will be reversed traffic flow to allow access to the garage entrance ONLY. Note: The far righthand lane westbound lane on the upper half of Cumberland Avenue between the alleyway and S. Gay Street will be maintained for egress of delivery vehicles from First Tennessee Plaza. All traffic exiting the garage will be directed onto Main Street. As part of this closure, the following will also be in place:

Road Closure - State Street between Cumberland Avenue and Main Street

Alternate routes include Neyland Drive, W. Summit Hill Drive, Henley Street, Main Street, S. Gay Street, Union Avenue, and Clinch 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.

Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project – Maplehurst Court Road Closure [EXTENDED July 23-24] – KUB and its contractor will maintain closure of Maplehurst Court to traffic from 6 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 23, and Friday, July 24, 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.

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

 

July 17, 2015 UPDATE – This week, Garney Construction crews continued work on the water and wastewater systems in State Street and Church Avenue, including replacing two manholes and completing services for the new wastewater main between Clinch Avenue and W. Church Avenue. Crews also worked in Front Avenue and S. Broadway Street, and new water services were tied over in Maplehurst Court this week.

 

Pavers will be on site through Saturday to restore Maplehurst Court and part of State Street. One lane of State Street between Clinch Avenue and W. Church Avenue will remain closed until further notice; however, traffic flow will be maintained through this section of State Street. Both the W. Church Avenue and Clinch Avenue intersections will be opened as of Monday, July 20.

 

Next week, crews will shift the work zone on State Street south to the intersection of Cumberland Avenue. Starting at 9 a.m., Monday, July 20, the intersection of State Street and Cumberland Avenue will be closed to traffic until 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 22. Traffic can still veer north off the ramp onto State Street, but cannot cross through the intersection toward S. Gay Street. As part of this work, State Street between Cumberland Avenue and Main Street will also be closed. All traffic exiting the First Tennessee Plaza Parking Garage will be directed to James White Parkway via Main Street. After 9 a.m. Monday, July 20, traffic entering the First Tennessee Parking Garage should access Cumberland Avenue from S. Gay Street, as Cumberland Avenue traffic flow will be reversed to facilitate entry into the garage. Additionally, the far righthand lane westbound lane on the upper half of Cumberland Avenue between the alleyway and S. Gay Street will be maintained for egress of delivery vehicles from First Tennessee Plaza.

 

Crews will also be working in and around the Locust Street/W. Hill Avenue intersection. Much of this work will be done at night between the hours of 6 p.m. and 6 a.m., and the intersection will only be closed during the overnight hours. However, to expedite the work timeline crews will also be performing day work when possible, so those living and working in the area should be prepared for work 24 hours a day, with the intersection only being closed at night. Parking access will be maintained to the Main Street Parking Garage, and the surrounding surface lots. Please see the below traffic advisories and the map in the upper right hand corner of this blog for more information.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 10, 2015 UPDATE This week, Garney Construction crews completed installation of the 16-inch water main in State Street between Clinch Avenue and Cumberland Avenue. Also, crews finished installation of the water main in Maplehurst Court, which will be tested and tied into service next week. Lastly, Garney Construction crews completed their current work in Church Avenue between Market Street and S. Gay Street.

 

Next week, crews will work on replacing the wastewater main in State Street. Weather and progress permitting, work will be completed in State Street between Clinch Avenue and W. Church Avenue, including the State Street/W. Church Avenue intersection, which will be restored and reopened to traffic. This will likely take place late next week. Maplehurst Court will also be restored next week following completion of the work in that area. Also, one day next week, crews will close one lane of Union Avenue between State Street and S. Central Street. A blog update and traffic advisory will be issued ahead of this work once it has been scheduled.

 

 

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 31, 2015 – KUB’s contractor, Southeast Connections (SEC), has completed natural gas pipeline installation from Topside Road to the University of Tennessee Property. SEC is finishing final clean up and restoration efforts in this area, and that work is expected through the end of August (weather permitting). With construction activities nearing completion, this will be the final update for this blog. Customers with questions can still contact KUB via the Customer Support phone number listed in the project information sheet, which is provided in the upper right hand corner of this blog. This blog page will be removed at the end of August.

 

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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