Special Projects

 

List of Current KUB Special Projects

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/.

 

 

Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade project

Information Sheet

Current Traffic Map

Downtown Century II Blog

 

April 17, 2015 UPDATE – KUB’s contractor, Garney Construction, completed installation and began testing/disinfection of the new 30” water main installed in Main Street this week. Paving crews also began excavation and trench patching for restoration of Main Street, which is expected to open late next week. Full paving of the road width will occur on Main Street between S. Central Street and State Street. Mid to late next week, the work area will shift west toward Hill Avenue and Walnut Street. More information will be released prior to this shift.

April 10, 2015 UPDATE – Despite the frequent rain much of the week, KUB’s contractor, Garney Construction, tested and tied service to the 16” water main in Main Street this week, and continued installation of the 30” main, with more than 120’ of main installed in Main Street between State Street and S. Central Street. 

Next week, one lane of Main Street will be reopened to traffic, including the Main Street/State Street intersection. Paving crews will arrive onsite to begin restoration of the roadway with temporary paving. The lane that is closed will vary based upon the paving work, and motorist in the area are advised to use caution and follow posted traffic signs and traffic flaggers. 

Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project – Main Street Lane Closure [April 10-23] – KUB and its contractor, Garney Construction, will reopen one lane of traffic on Main Street (between State Street and S. Gay Street), with one lane remaining closed to traffic. Main Street (between State Street and S. Central Street) remains closed. Motorists in the area should be aware that the closed lane will shift as paving occurs, but through traffic will be allowed, as will entering/exiting traffic from BB&T and First Tennessee Plaza Parking Garages. The intersection of Main Street and State Street will be open. Please see attached map for more detailed information. Alternate routes for Main Street (between State Street and South Central Street) include Clinch Avenue, Neyland Drive, Walnut Street, West Hill Avenue, and Gay Street. See attached map for more information. As work areas shift, follow up advisories will be issued 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.

Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project Photos – April 6-10, 2015

April 3, 2015 UPDATE – KUB’s contractor, Garney Construction, completed the installation of a 48” water main valve overnight Friday, March 27, off South Central Street under the James White Parkway. This work began Friday evening and lasted through the early morning hours of Saturday, March 28. Crews excavated the pipe ahead of the work, which then involved using two Wach Saws to cut a section from the 48” water main that was replaced with the new valve piece, which is approximately 16’ long and weights nearly 15,000 lbs. 

Crews have worked to replace the storm drain and backfill the work area from the valve insertion work. Additionally, crews continued work on Main Street and completed work in Fire Street Alley. Crews will continue their work with water main installation along Main Street next week.

 

March 30, 2015 UPDATE - Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project – Main Street & State Street Intersection Closure [EXTENDED April 1-11] – KUB and its contractor, Garney Construction, will maintain a closure of the intersection of Main Street and State Street from Wednesday, April 1, through Saturday, April 11, as work continues on the Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project. Main Street from South Gay Street to South Central Street will also remain closed through April 11. Traffic wishing to enter/exit the Dwight Kessel Metropolitan Parking Garage should use State Street or West Hill Avenue. The on ramp to James White Parkway from State Street will remain open. Traffic entering the First Tennessee Plaza Parking garage should enter via Cumberland Avenue, and exit via State Street. Temporary two-way traffic will be maintained on Cumberland Avenue (between South Gay Street and the parking garage) for traffic entering the First Tennessee Plaza Parking Garage ONLY. Please see attached map for more detailed information. Alternate routes include West Hill Avenue, Cumberland Avenue, South Gay Street, South Central Street, and Walnut Street. All work is weather permitting. As work areas shift, follow up advisories will be issued.

Main Street Road Closure Map Extended

Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project – State Street Lane Closure [March 31-April 1] – KUB and its contractor, Garney Construction, will reduce a short section of State Street between Union Avenue and Commerce Avenue to one lane of traffic from 10 p.m., Tuesday, March 31, through 5 a.m., Wednesday April 1, as work continues on the Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project. As work areas shift, follow up advisories will be issued.

Downtown Century II Map

 

March 27, 2015 UPDATE – KUB’s contractor, Garney Construction, continued water main installation in Main Street this week, and prepared for work on a large water main valve. 

Garney crews will be working overnight tonight, Friday, March 27, through Saturday evening, March 28, in the area of South Central Street beneath the James White Parkway overpass (see post below from March 26 for more information). Crews will complete this work Saturday evening, and ALL roadways associated with the Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon race course will be open for participants on Sunday, March 29; however, security measures will remain in place in the construction zone for the safety of the runners and spectators.

Next week, crews will continue water and wastewater work in Main Street.

Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project Photos – March 23-27, 2015

 

March 26, 2015 UPDATE - Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project – South Central Street Road Closure [March 27-28] KUB crews will close South Central Avenue between Clinch Avenue and Main Street overnight, starting at 6 p.m., Friday, March 27, until 6 p.m., Saturday, March 28, as work continues on the Downtown Century II Multiple Utilities Upgrade Project. Main Street (between South Central Street and State Street) and Cumberland Avenue (between State Street and South Central Street) will also be closed during this timeframe. Please see the attached map for more detailed information. Alternate routes include Clinch Avenue, State Street, South Gay Street, and West Summit Hill Drive. 

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.

Media Advisory - KUB Contractor Working Overnight on Downtown Century II Utilities Project

KUB’s contractor, Garney Construction, will work overnight this Friday night, March 27, through the day Saturday, March 28, on the Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project. 

Starting at 6 p.m. on Friday, March 27, a road closure of South Central Street (between Clinch Avenue and Main Street), Main Street (between South Central Street and South Gay Street), and Cumberland Avenue (between State Street and South Central Street) will be in place. Alternate routes include Clinch Avenue, State Street, West Summit Hill Drive, and South Gay Street. This is expected to last through 6 p.m. Saturday, March 28; however, if there are any unexpected delays in the work, this road closure could last beyond the designated time frame. 

The work includes upgrading a large water main valve located under the on-ramp to the James White Parkway from State Street. 

Downtown residents and visitors should expect noise in the immediate area associated with construction. Crews and construction related equipment will be visible in this area. Lighting equipment will also be placed in the construction zone, which may also be visible. 

There will be no interruption of service to KUB customers during this work. 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://downtowncentury2project.blogspot.com to keep customers informed about project milestones. Customers can call 558-2330 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.

KUB appreciates the continued support of its customers throughout this project.

 

March 20, 2015 UPDATE – KUB’s contractor, Garney Construction, continues work in the Main Street/State Street intersection. The intersection has been excavated, and crews will work in this area Saturday, March 21. Crews also continue utility excavation work east of S. Central Street off the roadway. 

Next week, crews will continue utility work in the Main Street/State Street intersection, which will remained closed per the current traffic control plan. Contract crews will also be working on manholes in S. Central Street.

Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project Photos – March 16-20, 2015

March 13, 2015 UPDATE – KUB’s contractor, Garney Construction, installed more than 170 feet of ductile iron pipe in Main Street this week. Paving crews also began restoration of Fire Street, but were delayed due to weather.

Next week, Garney Construction crews will close the intersection of Main Street and State Street for utility work. No through traffic will be available through the intersection; however, access to the on-ramp of James White Parkway will be maintained via State Street. Please see the below traffic advisory that was issued Thursday, March 12, for more information, as well as the accompanying traffic map available on the right hand information bar of the blog.

 

                                                  TRAFFIC ADVISORY

 March 12, 2015

 To: Local Media Representatives

 From: KUB Communications Re: Traffic Advisory – Road Closure for Utility Maintenance [All closures and work are weather permitting] 

Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project – Main Street & State Street Intersection Closure [March 16-31] – KUB and its contractor, Garney Construction, will close the intersection of Main Street and State Street starting Monday, March 16, until Tuesday, March 31, as work continues on the Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project. Main Street from South Gay Street to South Central Street will also remain closed through March 31. Traffic wishing to enter/exit the Dwight Kessel Metropolitan Parking Garage should use State Street or West Hill Avenue. The on ramp to James White Parkway from State Street will remain open. Traffic entering the First Tennessee Plaza Parking garage should enter via Cumberland Avenue, and exit via State Street. Temporary two-way traffic will be maintained on Cumberland Avenue (between South Gay Street and the parking garage) for traffic entering the First Tennessee Plaza Parking Garage ONLY. Please see attached map for more detailed information. Alternate routes include West Hill Avenue, Cumberland Avenue, South Gay Street, South Central Street, and Walnut Street. As work areas shift, follow up advisories will be issued.

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. KUB is a municipal utility serving Knox and parts of seven adjacent counties and provides electric, gas, water, and wastewater services to more than 445,000 customers. 

 

Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project Photos – March 9-13, 2015

March 12, 2015 - UPDATE - Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project – Main Street & State Street Intersection Closure [March 16-31] – KUB and its contractor, Garney Construction, will close the intersection of Main Street and State Street starting Monday, March 16, until Tuesday, March 31, as work continues on the Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project. Main Street from South Gay Street to South Central Street will also remain closed through March 31. Traffic wishing to enter/exit the Dwight Kessel Metropolitan Parking Garage should use State Street or West Hill Avenue. The on ramp to James White Parkway from State Street will remain open. Traffic entering the First Tennessee Plaza Parking garage should enter via Cumberland Avenue, and exit via State Street. Temporary two-way traffic will be maintained on Cumberland Avenue (between South Gay Street and the parking garage) for traffic entering the First Tennessee Plaza Parking Garage ONLY. Please see attached map for more detailed information. Alternate routes include West Hill Avenue, Cumberland Avenue, South Gay Street, South Central Street, and Walnut Street. As work areas shift, follow up advisories will be issued.

March 12, 2015 UPDATE – Tomorrow morning, Friday, March 13, at 5 a.m., KUB crews will flow test a fire hydrant located at 251 Main Street. This section of roadway is currently closed due to construction, but those living and working this area will see crews outside of normal working hours. This test should last approximately half an hour. No interruption of service is expected, however, some nearby customers could experience temporary lower water pressure (lasting less than 10 minutes) which will return to normal following the test.

 

March 10, 2015 UPDATE - Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project – Main Street Road Closure [March 11-16] – KUB and its contractor, Garney Construction, will close a section of Main Street between South Central Street and State Street starting Wednesday, March 11, until Monday, March 16, as work continues on the Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project. Traffic wishing to enter/exit the Dwight Kessel Metropolitan Parking Garage should use State Street or West Hill Avenue. Alternate routes include Clinch Avenue, State Street, South Central Street, Neyland Drive, South Gay Street, and West Hill Avenue. As work areas shift, follow up advisories will be issued.

 

March 6, 2015 UPDATE – KUB’s contractor, Garney Construction, completed installation of wastewater and electric utilities in Fire Street this week. Crews also performed preparation work on Main Street between South Gay Street and State Street. 

Next week, Fire Street will be paved. Additional crews will be in Fire Street to perform finishing tasks in this area. Crews will also perform excavation activities off the roadway (adjacent to S. Central Street under the on-ramp to the James White Parkway) in preparation for water system work in this area. 

Also next week, a full road closure of Main Street between South Gay Street and State Street will be implemented. This closure will be in place starting Monday, March 9, through Monday, March 16. The intersections of Main Street and State Street as well as Main Street and South Gay Street will remain open during this portion of work. Alternate routes include South Gay Street, West Hill Avenue, State Street, and Cumberland Avenue. Access to James White Parkway will be maintained via State Street. Traffic should enter the First Tennessee Plaza garages via Cumberland Avenue, and exit via State Street. The BB&T building garage can be entered and exited via State Street, or exited via West Hill Avenue. Please see the attached traffic map (located in the information bar on the right side of this blog page). As work areas shift, additional information will be published. 

 

Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project Photos – March 2-6, 2015

 

March 5, 2015 UPDATE – Next week, a full road closure of Main Street between South Gay Street and State Street will be implemented. This closure will be in place starting Monday, March 9, through Monday, March 16. The intersections of Main Street and State Street as well as Main Street and South Gay Street will remain open during this portion of work. Alternate routes include South Gay Street, West Hill Avenue, State Street, and Cumberland Avenue. Access to James White Parkway will be maintained via State Street. Traffic should enter the First Tennessee Plaza garages via Cumberland Avenue, and exit via State Street. The BB&T building garage can be entered and exited via State Street, or exited via West Hill Avenue. Please see traffic advisory below, and attached traffic map (located in the information bar on the right side of this blog page). As work areas shift, additional information will be published.

KUB has arranged with the City of Knoxville to work extended hours (until 8 p.m.) and Saturdays when possible in order to expedite the work process on the Downtown Century II project through the end of May 2015.

 Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project – Main Street Road Closure [March 9-16] – KUB and its contractor, Garney Construction, will close a section of Main Street between South Gay Street and State Street to through traffic starting Monday March 9, until Monday, March 16, as work continues on the Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project. The intersections of Main Street and State Street as well as Main Street and South Gay Street will remain open during this portion of work. Additionally, all Main Street parking garage entrances and exits serving the First Tennessee Plaza and the BB&T Building will be closed during this period - all other entrances/exits will remain open. Alternate traffic routes include West Hill Avenue, Cumberland Avenue, State Street, and South Gay Street. As work areas shift, follow up advisories will be issued.

 KUB has arranged with the City of Knoxville to work extended hours (until 8 p.m. daily) and Saturdays when possible in order to expedite the work process on the Downtown Century II project through the end of May 2015.

 

Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project – Main Street Lane Closure [March 3-6] – KUB and its contractor, Garney Construction, will reduce a section of Main Street between South Gay Street and State Street to one lane of traffic starting Tuesday, March 3, until Friday, March 6, as work continues on the Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project. Access and egress will be maintained for parking facilities at First Tennessee Plaza and BB&T Building while the lane closure is in effect. As work areas shift, follow up advisories will be issued.

February 27, 2015 UPDATE – KUB’s contractor, Garney Construction, continued installation of water main in South Central Street this week. Crews also continued wastewater main installation in Fire Street. The work zone is expected to shift onto Main Street between South Gay Street and State Street mid week during the first week of March (weather permitting). This work will require a closure of this section of Main Street. KUB will post the finalized information on this blog early next week.

February 20, 2015 UPDATE – KUB’s contractor, Garney Construction, worked half a day Monday to install 60 feet of waterline on South Central Street. Due to the winter weather, crews were unable to return to work beyond Monday. Pending the weather, crews will return to work next week on South Central Street and Fire Street

February 13, 2015 UPDATE – KUB’s contractor, Garney Construction, continues the final projects associated with Phase I of the Downtown Century II project with work in Johnson Alley and Fire Street. In the coming weeks, crews will complete work in Fire Street. Crews have already begun shifting to Phase II of the project, with a lane closure of South Central Street for waterline installation. Garney Construction also began moving their project headquarters to its new location at the former site of the Knoxville News Sentinel on State Street. 

Multiple agencies continue work in the downtown area, including AT&T as well as the construction of Marble Alley. The closure of South Central Street on Thursday, February 12, and Friday, February 13, between Commerce Avenue and Union Avenue, was unrelated to KUB work.

Downtown Utilities Upgrade Project – Fire Street Closure [February 16-27] – KUB and its contractor, Garney Construction, will close Fire Street to through traffic (between West Summit Hill Drive and Union Avenue) starting Monday, February 16, until Friday, February 27, as work continues on the Downtown Century II Multiple Utilities Upgrade Project. KUB has coordinated with local businesses/residents to maintain access via the north end of the Promenade Garage. Please see the attached map for more detailed information. As work areas shift, follow up advisories will be issued. 

Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project – South Central Street Lane Closure [February 16-27] – KUB and its contractor, Garney Construction, will maintain a lane closure of South Central Street (between Clinch Avenue and Main Street) starting Monday, February 16, until Friday, February 27, as part of Phase II of the Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project. Local traffic to impacted business will be maintained. There will be no street parking available during this work. 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 and Union Avenue. As work areas shift, follow up advisories will be issued.

 

Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project Photos – February 9-13, 2015

              

February 6, 2015 UPDATE – KUB’s contractor, Garney Construction, continues the final projects associated with Phase I of the Downtown Century II project with work in State Street, Johnson Alley, and Fire Street. In the coming weeks, crews will fully transition to Phase II of the project, with work beginning in the Clinch Avenue area, working south to the Tennessee River. Please see the traffic advisory, news release, and map/information sheet for more detailed information. 

AT&T continues work along State Street. Please contact AT&T for more information on this work.

West Church Avenue Lane Closure [February 7] – KUB will close one lane on a short section of West Church Avenue between Market Street and South Gay Street on Saturday, February 7, from 7 a.m. – 3 p.m., as work is performed on the natural gas distribution system in the area. The outside, eastbound lane will be closed while the center turn lane and the westbound lane both remain open. 

Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project – South Central Street Lane Closure [February 9-27] – KUB and its contractor, Garney Construction, will reduce South Central Street to one lane of traffic (between Clinch Avenue and Cumberland Avenue) starting Monday, February 9, until Friday, February 27, as part of Phase II of the Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project. Local traffic to impacted business will be maintained. There will be no street parking available during this work. 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 and Union Avenue. As work areas shift, follow up advisories will be issued.

                                                                     NEWS RELEASE

                                        KUB Downtown Century II Utilities Project Moving to Phase II

                                                          Project Area Shifting South of Clinch Avenue

 KUB and its contractor, Garney Construction, began construction activities on Phase I of a multiple utility upgrade project in the downtown Knoxville area in June 2014. Since then, work has been performed on more than 5,000 feet of water main, nearly 400 feet of natural gas pipeline, and just over 2,000 feet of wastewater main. Crews also installed 9 fire hydrants, 2 gas services for Marble Alley, 3 electric manholes, 3 electric transformer vaults, and rehabilitated or replaced 20 wastewater manholes. Construction has taken place in an area from Clinch Avenue north, along State Street and Central Street, across Summit Hill Drive into the Old City. This work provides renewed utilities to existing buildings and residences, but also will provide capacity as new development occurs, such as in Marble Alley. As scheduled for February 2015, crews will transition into Phase II of the project in the coming weeks. Phase II includes the area bordered by Clinch Avenue to the north, S. Central Street to the east, Maplehurst Court/Front Avenue to the west, and Neyland Drive to the south. Crews will begin Phase II work in the vicinity of Clinch Avenue and work south toward the Tennessee River. Like Phase I, Phase II will include road, lane, and sidewalk closures to facilitate safe access for equipment and workers. KUB will coordinate all closures and detours with the City of Knoxville. Alternate access will be provided for businesses and parking facilities. KUB and Garney Construction will also coordinate construction schedules to minimize the impact on special downtown events. Construction methods will include open-cut replacement, as well as trenchless construction methods. Weekday work hours will generally be limited to 6 a.m.-6 p.m., with some night and weekend work possible in order to meet project milestone dates. Construction is expected to be completed in all areas by fall of 2015. 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://downtowncentury2project.blogspot.com to keep customers informed about project milestones. Customers can call 558-2330 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. KUB appreciates the continued support of its customers throughout this project. 

 

January 30, 2015 UPDATE – KUB’s contractor, Garney Construction, finished waterline construction down State Street (between West Summit Hill Drive) and Jackson Avenue (between South Central Street and South Gay Street), and have begun restoring the paving on the above roadways along with West Summit Hill Drive. Crews also began work in Fire Street near Union Avenue installing a manhole.

Next week, crews will return to State Street (between West Church Avenue and Commerce Avenue) to tie over water services at State and Clinch, and install a sewer manhole in State Street between Union Avenue and Commerce avenue. This will necessitate a full closure of this section of roadway. Union Avenue will not be impacted. Traffic entering the State Street Garage should use the Union Avenue and Clinch Avenue entrances, and exiting traffic should use the Union Avenue and State Street exits (State Street exiting traffic will be directed east on Union Avenue). All traffic will be directed south on South Central Street. This closure will last approximately one week, but is subject to weather delays. Please see the updated map for more detailed information. 

Also next week, paving crews will finish restoration of State Street (between West Summit Hill Drive) and Jackson Avenue (between South Central Street and South Gay Street) Wednesday – Friday (February 4-6), during which time the above mentioned roadways will be closed. 

AT&T continues work along South Central Street, Commerce Avenue, and State Street. Please contact AT&T for more information on this work. 

This weekend, KUB crews will be working on West Church Avenue and Gay Street, and on Market Street between Clinch Avenue and West Church Avenue. This is not related to the Downtown Century II project, but will impact downtown traffic. Please visit the News/Media tab of www.kub.org to view all traffic alerts/advisories. 

Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project – State Street Road Closure [February 2-6] – KUB and its contractor, Garney Construction, will close a section State Street between West Church Avenue and Commerce Avenue daily from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., starting Monday, February 2, until 6 p.m. Friday, February 6, as work is completed on the Downtown Century II multiple utilities upgrade project. Local traffic will be maintained to the parking garages, and Union Avenue should be used to access both the State Street Parking Garage and the Promenade Parking Garage. The State Street Garage should be entered via Union Avenue or Clinch Avenue, and exited via State Street or Union Avenue. Traffic exiting both garages will be directed east on Union Avenue and south on Central Street. Please see attached map for more information. Flaggers will be posted to direct traffic. As work areas shift, follow up advisories will be issued. 

Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project Photos – January 26-30, 2015

 

January 29, 2015 UPDATE – KUB’s contractor, Garney Construction, will perform work on Fire Street near the Union Avenue intersection on Friday, January 30. This work will not impact traffic on Union Avenue. All traffic wishing to enter Fire Street should do so from West Summit Hill Drive. This mainly impacts deliveries to the businesses along Fire Street, and KUB has communicated with those impacted about the work. 

Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project – West Summit Hill Drive & Central Street Intersection Closure [January 30] – KUB and its contractor, Garney Construction, will close the intersection of West Summit Hill Drive and Central Street from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Friday, January 30, as work continues on the Downtown Century II Multiple Utilities Upgrade Project. Traffic will be detoured south down South Central Street, Commerce Avenue, State Street, Willow Avenue, and Patton Street. Next week, this intersection will again be closed as final work is completed on this area. A follow-up advisory will be issued ahead of the repair.

January 28, 2015 UPDATE - Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project – West Summit Hill Drive & Central Street Intersection Closure [January 29] – KUB and its contractor, Garney Construction, will close the intersection of West Summit Hill Drive and Central Street from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Thursday, January 29, as work continues on the Downtown Century II Multiple Utilities Upgrade Project. Traffic will be detoured south down South Central Street, Commerce Avenue, State Street, Willow Avenue, and Patton Street. Next week, this intersection will again be closed as final work is completed on this area. A follow-up advisory will be issued ahead of the repair work.

January 27, 2015 UPDATE - West Summit Hill Drive & Central Street Intersection Closure [Extended through January 28] – KUB and its contractor, Garney Construction, have extended the intersection closure at West Summit Hill Drive through 6 p.m., Wednesday, January 28, as work continues on the Downtown Century II Multiple Utilities Upgrade Project. Traffic will be detoured south down South Central Street, Commerce Avenue, State Street, Willow Avenue, and Patton Street. After the above mentioned dates, one lane will be open on both West Summit Hill Drive and Central Street to allow for traffic flow. In the coming weeks, this intersection will again be closed as repairs are made to the street. A follow-up advisory will be issued ahead of the repair work.

January 23, 2015 UPDATE –  KUB’s contractor, Garney Construction, began tying over water services and connections along Summit Hill Drive and State Street to Jackson Avenue. Weather permitting, crews will work this Saturday, January 24.

Next week, crews will finish services on Jackson Avenue. Also, on Monday, January 26, crews will begin the last of the planned work in West Summit Hill Drive. This will necessitate a full closure of the intersection of West Summit Hill Drive and Central Street for Monday, January 26, and Tuesday, January 27.Detour routes include Central Street, Commerce Avenue, State Street, Willow Avenue, and Patton Street. Please see attached map for details. After the initial work on the dates above, this area will be plated, and a lane closure on both Summit Hill and Central Street will be implemented, with one lane remaining open on each roadway allowing for through traffic. At a later date, this area will again be completely closed as repairs are made to the roadway. That date will be announced in future updates.

In the coming weeks, crews will also work along State Street and Fire Street. The work on State Street is planned for Tuesday, February 3, and Wednesday, February 4. Fire Street will be impacted by work the week of February 9, lasting approximately two weeks. More information on both of these work areas will be provided.

AT&T continues work along South Central Street, Commerce Avenue, and State Street. Please contact AT&T for more information on this work.

Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project – West Summit Hill Drive & Central Street Intersection Closure [January 26-27] – KUB and its contractor, Garney Construction, will close the intersection of West Summit Hill Drive and Central Street from 7 a.m.,  Monday, January 26, until 6 p.m., Tuesday, January 27, as work continues on the Downtown Century II Multiple Utilities Upgrade Project. Traffic will be detoured south down South Central Street, Commerce Avenue, State Street, Willow Avenue, and Patton Street. After the above mentioned dates, one lane will be open on both West Summit Hill Drive and Central Street to allow for traffic flow.  In the coming weeks, this intersection will again be closed as repairs are made to the street. A follow-up advisory will be issued ahead of the repair work.
 

Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project Photos – January 19-23, 2015


 

January 16, 2015 UPDATE – KUB’s contractor, Garney Construction, continued installation and testing of water main along State Street and Jackson Avenue. Testing of newly installed main was also performed along Summit Hill Drive. The planned work for Fire Street was postponed, and is scheduled to take place beginning the first week of February (weather permitting). 

Garney crews will be working this Saturday, January 17, but will not work Monday, January 19, in honor of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. Crews will return to work Tuesday, January 20. 

AT&T continues work along South Central Street and Commerce Avenue. Please contact AT&T for more information on this work. 

Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project Photos – January 12-16, 2015

 

January 15, 2015 UPDATE -West Summit Hill Drive Road Closure EXTENDED [January 16-23] – KUB and its contractor, Garney Construction, maintain a closure of a short section of westbound West Summit Hill Drive between Central Street and State Street, from Friday, January 16, through Friday, January 23, 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. As work areas shift, follow up advisories will be issued.

January 15, 2015 UPDATE – The planned closure of Fire Street between Summit Hill Drive and Union Avenue has been postponed until early February. More information on this work will be provided in the coming weeks.

January 9, 2015 UPDATE – KUB’s contractor, Garney Construction, installed approximately 460 feet of ductile iron water pipeline this week along State Street between West Summit Hill Drive and Jackson Avenue. Next week, crews will finish installing and begin testing the line on State Street and Jackson Avenue. Crews will also begin work in Fire Street, including water, wastewater, and storm drain installation. This will necessitate a full closure of Fire Street between Summit Hill Drive and Union Avenue, and, KUB has coordinated with local businesses/residents to maintain access via the north end of the Promenade Garage. This closure is expected to last January 12-23. Please see map for more detailed information. 

NOTES: KUB will be performing Fire Hydrant testing in the downtown area beginning Sunday night, January 11, through Tuesday, January 13. This testing will take place overnight, and is not related to the Downtown Century II project, but rather is part of KUB’s regular testing and inspection program for fire hydrants within the service territory. For more information, see the attached news release

Also, AT&T and their subcontractor are currently working along South Central Street and Commerce Avenue. For more information on this work, please contact AT&T.

Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project – Fire Street Closure [January 12-23] – KUB and its contractor, Garney Construction, will close Fire Street to through traffic (between West Summit Hill Drive and Union Avenue) starting Monday, January 12, until Friday, January 23, as work continues on the Downtown Century II Multiple Utilities Upgrade Project. KUB has coordinated with local businesses/residents to maintain access via the north end of the Promenade Garage. Please see the attached map for more detailed information. As work areas shift, follow up advisories will be issued. 

Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project Photos – January 5-9, 2015

 

January 2, 2015 UPDATE – KUB’s contractor, Garney Construction, returned to work Monday, December 29, through Wednesday, December 31. Crews continued work on West Summit Hill Drive and began work along State Street between West Summit Hill Drive and Jackson Avenue. After breaking for the New Year’s Holiday, crews will return to work Monday, January 5. At this time, the road closure of West Summit Hill Drive (between Central Street and State Street) and State Street (between West Summit Hill Drive and Jackson Avenue) will resume. Jackson Avenue is a part of the traffic control plan and scheduled to be closed; however, Jackson Avenue will NOT close until West Summit Hill reopens, which is expected to happen Friday, January 16. Please see the updated map for more detailed closure and detour information. All closures and work are weather permitting. Please stay connected to the blog for further updates. 

Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project – West Summit Hill Drive Road Closure EXTENDED [January 5-15] – KUB and its contractor, Garney Construction, maintain a closure of a short section of westbound West Summit Hill Drive between Central Street and State Street, from Monday, January 5, through Thursday, January 15, 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. 

Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project – State Street and West Jackson Avenue Closure [January 5-30] – KUB and its contractor, Garney Construction, will close a short section of State Street (between West Jackson Avenue and West Summit Hill Drive) and West Jackson Avenue (between Gay Street and Central Street) starting Monday, January 5, until Friday, January 30, as work continues on the Downtown Century II Multiple Utilities Upgrade Project. Detours include Central Street, Depot Avenue, and Gay Street. Please see the attached map for more detailed detour information. Please see the attached map for more detailed detour information. As work areas shift, follow up advisories will be issued.

 

December 29, 2014 UPDATE – KUB’s contractor, Garney Construction, has returned to work following the Christmas holiday. Crews continue to work along West Summit Hill Drive between South Central Street and State Street today, Monday, December 29, and will also move work into State Street (between West Summit Hill Drive and Jackson Avenue) and Jackson Avenue (between Gay Street and Central Street), where they will work through Wednesday, December 31. This section of West Summit Hill Drive and this section of State Street will be closed these days. Crews will not work Thursday, January 1, or Friday, January 2. 

Traffic Advisories

Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project – West Summit Hill Drive Road Closure EXTENDED [December 29-31] – KUB and its contractor, Garney Construction, maintain a closure of a short section of westbound West Summit Hill Drive between Central Street and State Street, from today, Monday, December 29, through Wednesday evening, December 31, 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.

Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project State Street and West Jackson Avenue Closure [December 29-31] – KUB and its contractor, Garney Construction, will close a short section of State Street (between West Jackson Avenue and West Summit Hill Drive) and West Jackson Avenue (between Gay Street and Central Street) daily, Monday - Wednesday, between 7 a.m. – 6 p.m., starting today, Monday, December 29, until Wednesday, December 31, as work continues on the Downtown Century II Multiple Utilities Upgrade Project. Detours include Central Street, Depot Avenue, Gay Street, and West Summit Hill Drive. Please see the attached map for more detailed detour information. As work areas shift, follow up advisories will be issued.

 

December 19, 2014 UPDATE – KUB’s contractor, Garney Construction, began installing water main in the westbound lanes of West Summit Hill Drive this week, and completed installation of 160 feet of pipe. Crews also began work on the wastewater system located in Fire Alley.

After close of business today, December 19, the currently closed lanes of West Summit Hill Drive will reopen. Construction will stop the week of Christmas and crews will return Monday, December 29, to finish work on West Summit Hill Drive. 

The first week of January 2015, crews plan to move work to State Street (between West Summit Hill Drive and Jackson Avenue) and Jackson Avenue (between Gay Street and Central Street). This will require a road closure of this area. This work is subject to change due to weather or project scheduling. KUB will issue more information before this work begins. 

There will be no blog update Friday, December 26, as crews will not be working next week. The blog will be updated early the week of December 29. 

Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project Photos –December 15-19, 2014

 

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.

 

 

 

 

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

 

South Loop Project Update

 

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.

 

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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