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 865-524-2911.

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

 

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/.

 

Southgate Road Water Main Replacement (Sequoyah Hills)

 

(Sequoyah Hills) Southgate Road Lane Closures [January 9-20] – KUB contractor crews will return to Southgate Road over the next two weeks to complete concrete curb restoration following a recent water main replacement project. As part of this work, crews will implement weekday lane closures from 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. on Southgate Road between Scenic Drive and Bluff View Road. Southgate Road will be reopened to traffic outside of listed work hours.

(Sequoyah Hills) Southgate Road Lane Closure [Extended December 23] – KUB crews will reduce a section of Southgate Road to one alternating lane of traffic between Scenic Drive and Bluff View Road, from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Friday, December 23, as construction prep work, including saw cutting of asphalt, is performed in this area. The northbound lane will be closed while the southbound lane remains open and is used to alternate traffic. All lanes will reopen outside of listed work hours. Electronic message boards, flaggers, and signs will be on site to assist with traffic control, and local traffic access to driveways will be maintained.

(Sequoyah Hills) Road Closure- Southgate Road [December 26- January 8] –KUB crews will close a short section of Southgate Road and the adjacent sidewalk, between Scenic Drive and Bluff View Road, daily, including weekends, from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m., starting Monday, December 26, and lasting through Sunday, January 8, as work is performed on the water distribution system in this area. All lanes will reopen outside of listed work hours. Alternate routes include Scenic Drive and Cherokee Boulevard. Electronic message boards, flaggers, and signs will be on site to assist with traffic control, and local traffic access to driveways will be maintained.

(Sequoyah Hills) Southgate Road Lane Closure [Extended December 20 & 21] – KUB crews will reduce a section of Southgate Road to one alternating lane of traffic between Scenic Drive and Bluff View Road, from 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, December 20, and Wednesday, December 21, as construction prep work, including saw cutting of asphalt, is performed in this area. The northbound lane will be closed while the southbound lane remains open and is used to alternate traffic. All lanes will reopen outside of listed work hours. Electronic message boards, flaggers, and signs will be on site to assist with traffic control, and local traffic access to driveways will be maintained.

December 14, 2016 – Over the next several weeks, KUB crews will be working to replace the water main along the section of Southgate Road between the area just south of the Scenic Drive intersection and Bluff View Road. This project is part of KUB’s ongoing Century II utility infrastructure upgrades. This work is being completed while Knox County Schools are out for the Winter Holiday to lessen the impact to daily traffic flow around Sequoyah Elementary.

Construction prep work, including saw cutting of asphalt, will begin this Saturday, December 17, and last through Monday, December 19. To facilitate safe working conditions, and to provide adequate space for utility vehicles and equipment, Southgate Road will be reduced to one alternating lane of traffic during daily work hours from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. All lanes will reopen outside of listed work hours.

Construction excavation will begin on Monday, December 26, with KUB crews starting at the north and south ends of Southgate Road and working toward the middle. Roadway restoration crews will follow construction crews through the work zone. All construction is schedule to be completed (weather permitting) and the road reopened by January 9, 2017.

Due to the nature of this work, a full road and sidewalk closure will be implemented for the duration of construction on this section of Southgate Road. Crews will work between the hours of 7 a.m. - 7 p.m., including weekends. Additionally, some construction activity may extend beyond 7 p.m. to complete necessary connections. Appropriate traffic control devices and flagging personnel will be in place for all lane reductions and closures. Driveway access will be maintained at all times.

Customers in the immediate work zone will experience a planned water service interruption lasting between two to four hours as construction progresses and connections are made to the new mains. A KUB representative will notify you at least 24 hours before any planned outage, including information about the scheduled time frame and expected duration. Customers in this immediate area may also experience a temporary decrease in water pressure as adjustments are made to the system.

Southgate Information Sheet and Map

 

City of Knoxville Streetscape and Utility Projects

 

January 13, 2017 W. Jackson Avenue Update – This week, KUB Underground Construction crews completed the overnight tie-in of the newly-installed water main to the existing main near 312 W. Jackson Avenue. Five inactive fire hydrants were also removed on this section of W. Jackson Avenue. Roadway restoration work will be completed on this section of W. Jackson Avenue through the end of this week.

Crews will not work next Monday, January 16, in observance of Martin Luther King Day. Next week, crews will begin preparations for the final stage of natural gas system work at the western-most end of W. Jackson Avenue. A portion of this work with require a two-day lane closure of the curbside northbound lane of Broadway at the W. Jackson Avenue intersection. This lane closure will be in effect from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Wednesday, January 18, and Thursday, January 19. The inside northbound lane and both southbound lanes will remain open during this period. All lanes on Broadway will reopen to traffic outside of listed work hours. Additionally, the existing work zone and closure on W. Jackson Avenue near the Southeastern Glass Building will remain in effect through completion of this project. Following successful completion of the natural gas system work, roadway restoration work will be performed as the overall project nears completion. Please see the current W. Jackson Avenue traffic map in the right hand column of this blog for more detailed information.

January 13, 2017 N. Central Street/Fifth Avenue Update – Since resuming work last week following the holiday break, KUB’s contractor Adams and Sons, Inc., has completed all pipeline installation, including service connections, tie-ins to existing mains, testing, and condemning inactive lines on the section of N. Central Street between Jackson Avenue and Fifth Avenue. Additionally, the contractor has completed installation of the 16” water main on Fifth Avenue, from Lamar Street to Gay Street. Service line connections and tie-ins to existing side street mains will continue on Fifth Avenue through the end of next week. Roadway restoration work will continue in this area as well. All existing traffic control will remain in place on East and West Fifth Avenue, and the section of N. Central Street between Magnolia and Fifth Avenue, while the remaining work is completed in this area.

Starting on Monday, January 16, Adams and Sons, Inc., will install the traffic control plan for the next stage of work extending along N. Central Street from the Fifth Avenue intersection to the N. Broadway intersection. Both northbound lanes and the bicycle lane will be closed on this section of N. Central Street. Traffic flow will be maintained in both directions, however, with one northbound and one southbound lane shifting to the southbound side of N. Central Street. Southbound bicycle traffic will merge with vehicle traffic through the work zone. Additionally, intersections of Fifth Avenue, Fourth Avenue, and Third Avenue will remain open until work is required in those areas. Follow up notices will be issued ahead of any work requiring an intersection closure.

Note that there are two current traffic maps – one for Fifth Avenue and one for N. Central Street.

January 12, 2017 W. Jackson Avenue Update – KUB Underground Construction Crews will work overnight, starting at 12 a.m. and lasting through 6 a.m. on Friday, January 13, to complete final connection of the newly-installed water main to the existing main on W. Jackson Avenue. To facilitate access for vehicles and construction equipment, this work will require a road closure to through traffic between 312 W. Jackson Avenue and Broadway during the above-mentioned time frame. Customers on this section of W. Jackson Avenue will experience a temporary water service interruption as this connection is made. All services will be restored and the roadway will reopen by 6 a.m. Friday. The road closure for the existing work zone between the Southeastern Glass Building and the Broadway intersection will remain in place.

January 6, 2017 N. Central Street/Fifth Avenue Update – This week, KUB’s contractor Adams and Sons, Inc., returned to the work site to continue water main construction work. Crews have completed installation of the new water main on N. Central Street from the interstate overpass through the W. Fifth Avenue intersection, and also on East and West Fifth Avenue, between N. Gay Street and Lamar Street.

Next week, crews will begin service tie-overs pending successful testing of the new main. As these are completed, restoration work will be performed. The current traffic control plan will remain in place through this process, with updated traffic control information released ahead of work zone relocation. Please see the current N. Central Street traffic map in the right hand column of this blog for more detailed information.

January 6, 2017 W. Jackson Avenue Update – This week, KUB Underground Construction Crews returned to the work site to complete water main installation and testing, and begin service tie-overs in the current work zone.

Next week, service tie-overs to the newly installed water main will be completed in the current work zone. Following their successful completion, restoration work will be performed in this area. In the coming weeks, the work zone will shift west, ahead of which updated traffic control information will be released. Please see the current W. Jackson Avenue traffic map in the right hand column of this blog for more detailed information.

December 22, 2016 N. Central Street/Fifth Avenue Update – This week, KUB’s contractor Adams and Sons, Inc., completed installation of the 16-inch water main on West and East Fifth Avenue, where the eastbound lane remains closed between N. Gay Street and Lamar Street (westbound lanes remain open). Testing of the new main and side-street water main tie-ins are scheduled for early January in this construction zone.  All traffic control plans and detours remain in effect as set up, and commuters are reminded that there are no left turns onto eastbound Fifth Avenue while these traffic measures remain in place.

No construction activity will take place between December 24, 2016, and Monday, January 2, 2017. Construction activities will resume on Tuesday, January 3, 2017. All existing traffic control measures will remain in place during the holidays for public safety. Due to the holidays, and no changes to the existing traffic control plan during this period, the next blog update will be posted on Friday, January 6, 2017. Please see the current N. Central Street traffic map in the right hand column of this blog for more detailed information.

December 22, 2016 W. Jackson Avenue Update – This week, KUB Underground Construction Crews began Phase 3 water main installations. The work zone has shifted to the west, from the area immediately west of Knox Whiskey Works and extending to the Southeastern Glass Building. This section of W. Jackson Avenue is closed to through traffic. Access to driveways and parking areas will be maintained. Parking ingress and egress to the Southeastern Glass Building is maintained from Broadway. Sidewalk access is maintained on the south side of W. Jackson Avenue.  

The current traffic control plan for Phase 3 will remain in place through mid-January 2017 as remaining utility work and paving are completed. Crews are also scheduled to return to make service line connections in the areas near Sweet P’s, The Standard, and Knox Whiskey Works the first week of January. The service line connection work may require temporary lane closures only in the immediate area where excavation is occurring. Crews will not work Friday, December 23, Monday, December 26, and Monday, January 2, in observance of the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. All existing traffic control measures will remain in place during the holidays for public safety. Due to the holidays, and no changes to the existing traffic control plan during this period, the next blog update will be posted on Friday, January 6, 2017. Please see the current W. Jackson Avenue traffic map in the right hand column of this blog for more detailed information.

December 16, 2016 N. Central Street Update – This week, KUB’s contractor Adams and Sons, Inc., continued water main installation work on W. Fifth Avenue, where the eastbound lane remains closed between N. Gay Street and Lamar Street (westbound lanes remain open).

Next week, work will continue on W. Fifth Avenue between N. Gay Street and Lamar Street, and on N. Central Street between W. Fifth Avenue and Magnolia Avenue. All traffic control measures will remain the same. Crews will not work Friday, December 23, or Monday, December 26, in observance of the Christmas holiday. All traffic control measures will remain in place during the holiday for public safety. Please see the N. Central Street traffic map for more detailed information.

December 16, 2016 W. Jackson Avenue Update – This week, KUB Underground Construction Crews completed Phase 2 natural gas and water infrastructure work by installing new mains for both utilities in the currently established work zone.  

The current traffic control plan will remain in place through early next week as remaining utility work and paving are completed. Crews are scheduled to shift the work zone and road closure by the middle of next week to the area just west of Knox Whiskey Works and extending to the Southeastern Glass Building as work begins on Phase 3 of the project. An updated map will be issued next week ahead of the work zone and traffic control plan shift. Crews will not work Friday, December 23, or Monday, December 26, in observance of the Christmas holiday. All traffic control measures will remain in place during the holiday for public safety. Please see the W. Jackson Avenue traffic map for more detailed information.

December 9, 2016 N. Central Street Update – This week, KUB’s contractor Adams and Sons, Inc., continued water main installation work on W. Fifth Avenue, where the eastbound lane remains closed between N. Gay Street and Lamar Street (westbound lanes remain open). Restoration work was completed on N. Central Street between the railroad tracks in the Old City and Magnolia Avenue, which has been reopened to traffic.

Next week, work will continue on W. Fifth Avenue between N. Gay Street and Lamar Street, and on N. Central Street between W. Fifth Avenue and Magnolia Avenue. All traffic control measures will remain the same. Please see the N. Central Street traffic map above for more detailed information.

December 9, 2016 W. Jackson Avenue Update – This week, KUB Underground Construction Crews completed Phase 2 wastewater infrastructure work by installing new wastewater main in the currently established work zone.  

Next week, crews will begin work on the water and natural gas infrastructure in the current work zone. Please see the W. Jackson Avenue traffic map above for more detailed information.

December 2, 2016 W. Jackson Avenue Update – This week, KUB Underground Construction Crews completed Phase 1 utility upgrade installations for the project, which impacted the area in the direct vicinity of Sweet P’s and the W. Jackson Avenue public parking lot. At the end of the project, water service tie-overs will be completed in this area.

Today, crews reopened W. Jackson Avenue between Broadway and S. Gay Street for the WIVK Christmas Parade. The roadway will remain open Saturday, December 3. On Sunday, crews will return and re-implement a closure of W. Jackson Avenue. The work zone will shift slightly west for Phase 2 utility upgrades. Please see the W. Jackson Avenue traffic map in the right hand column of this blog for more detailed information.

December 2, 2016 N. Central Street Update – This week, KUB’s contractor Adams and Sons, Inc., continued water main installation work on N. Central Street and W. Fifth Avenue. Restoration work on the section of N. Central Street between the railroad tracks and southern side of the Magnolia Avenue intersection was completed, and this section of N. Central Street has reopened to traffic, with the detour route shifting from Depot Avenue to Magnolia Avenue.

Next week, work will continue on W. Fifth Avenue between N. Gay Street and Lamar Street, and on N. Central Street between W. Fifth Avenue and Magnolia Avenue. Please see the N. Central Street traffic map in the right hand column of this blog for more detailed information.

December 1, 2016 - (Old City) W. Jackson Avenue to Temporarily Reopen [December 2-4] – KUB will temporarily reopen W. Jackson Avenue to through traffic starting at noon, Friday, December 2, until 6 a.m., Sunday, December 4, to accommodate traffic flow and parking access for the WIVK Christmas Parade. Note that the City of Knoxville will close access from S. Gay Street to W. Jackson Avenue during the parade Friday evening; however, access will remain open from Broadway. Due to the ongoing presence of construction equipment, curbside street parking and the sidewalk on the north side of W. Jackson Avenue will remain closed during this period. W. Jackson Avenue has been closed to through traffic since late October to facilitate utility upgrades ahead of the City of Knoxville’s Streetscapes project in this area. The traffic control measures and closure of W. Jackson Avenue to through traffic will resume at 6 a.m., Sunday, December 4. Please see the W. Jackson Avenue Streetscapes Project map for updates and more detailed information.

November 23, 2016 N. Central Street Update – This week, KUB’s contractor Adams and Sons, Inc., continued installation of new water main and also began construction prep work on W. Fifth Avenue. Work will wrap up today for the Thanksgiving holiday. The lane closures will remain in place for public safety.

Crews will return on site Monday, November 28. Adams & Sons will implement a closure of the eastbound lanes of Fifth Avenue (between N. Gay Street and Lamar Street – including the N. Central and Fifth Avenue intersection) starting Monday, which is expected to last through early January. Eastbound traffic will be detoured via Magnolia Avenue. Northbound and southbound traffic on N. Central Street will also be closed between Magnolia Avenue and Fifth Avenue as part of this work. Northbound traffic will be detoured via Magnolia Avenue to N. Gay Street or Hall of Fame Drive. The traffic control measures currently in plane on N. Central Street between Magnolia Avenue and the railroad tracks will remain in place. Please see updated project map in the upper right hand corner of this blog for more detailed information.

(Old City) Fifth Avenue Lane/N. Central Intersection Closure [November 28 – January 2017] – KUB contract crews will close the eastbound lanes of Fifth Avenue between N. Gay Street and Lamar Street, from 6 a.m.  Monday, November 28, through early January 2017,  as work continues on the N. Central Street Streetscapes Project. One westbound lane will remain open during this time. Eastbound traffic will be detoured via Magnolia Avenue. Northbound and southbound traffic on N. Central Street will also be closed between Magnolia Avenue and Fifth Avenue as part of this work. Northbound traffic will be detoured via Magnolia Avenue to N. Gay Street or Hall of Fame Drive. The traffic control measures currently in plane on N. Central Street between Magnolia Avenue and the railroad tracks will remain in place. Please see the N. Central Street Streetscapes Project map for more detailed information.

November 23, 2016 W. Jackson Avenue Update – This week, KUB Underground Construction Crews completed service tie-overs to the new natural gas infrastructure in Phase 1 of the project. Work will wrap up today for the Thanksgiving holiday. The road closure will remain in place for public safety.

Crews will return on site Monday, November 28. Next week, restoration work will be performed in the current construction zone, and the roadway will be temporarily reopened for the annual Christmas parade on December 2. Crews will re-implement a closure of W. Jackson Avenue following the parade.

November 18, 2016 UPDATE - N. Central St. - This week, KUB’s contractor Adams and Sons, Inc., continued installation of new water main from White Lilly Flats north through the Magnolia Avenue intersection, and the intersection has been repaved and reopened to traffic.

Next week, work continues north of the intersection toward W. Fifth Avenue. Crews will also close the inside eastbound and westbound lanes on W. Fifth Avenue, between N. Gay Street and N. Central Street, daily from 6 a.m. until 5 p.m. for construction prep work on this section of roadway. The outside eastbound and westbound lanes will remain open. Lane closures will remain in place as indicated on site, and in the traffic map located on the right hand side of this blog. Crews will be on site Monday through Wednesday, but will not work Thursday or Friday in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. The lane closure will remain in place for public safety.

(Old City) West Fifth Avenue Lane Closure [November 21-23] – KUB contract crews will close a short section of the inside, eastbound lane of West Fifth Avenue between North Central Street and North Gay Street, daily from 6 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday, November 21, through Wednesday, November 23,  as work is performed on the water distribution system in the area. One eastbound and both westbound lanes will remain open during this time. All lanes on West Fifth Avenue will reopen outside of listed work hours, and signs will be on site to assist with traffic control. Please see the N. Central Avenue Streetscape Project map for more detailed information.

November 18, 2016 UPDATE - W. Jackson Avenue – This week, KUB Underground Construction Crews installed approximately 160 feet of wastewater main. Water and natural gas main installation work was also completed as part of phase 1 of this project.

Next week, the newly installed gas main will be made active, and service tie-overs will be completed to the new natural gas infrastructure. The work zone and traffic control measures will also remain the same. Crews will be on site Monday through Wednesday, but will not work Thursday or Friday in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. The road closure will remain in place for public safety.

November 11, 2016 UPDATE - N. Central Street - This week, KUB’s contractor Adams and Sons, Inc., continued installation of new water main from White Lilly Flats north to the intersection Magnolia Avenue. Crews also began work on water main installation on W. Fifth Avenue between N. Gay Street and N. Central Street.

Next week, crews will continue working in N. Central Street. Crews will mobilize to the site at 6 a.m., with active construction starting after 7 a.m. The current traffic control measures will remain in place.

November 11, 2016 UPDATE - W. Jackson Avenue – This week, KUB Underground Construction Crews completed water service tie in on W. Jackson Avenue near the viaduct. Crews installed approximately 210 feet of both natural gas and water mains this week as well. Next week, work will continue in the current work zone, and wastewater main installation will begin.  All current traffic control measures will remain in place.

 

(Old City) West Fifth Avenue Lane Closure [November 10-11] – KUB contract crews will close a short section of the inside, eastbound lane of West Fifth Avenue between North Central Street and North Gay Street, daily from 6 a.m. - 5 p.m., on Thursday, November 10, and Friday, November 11,  as work is performed on the water distribution system in the area. One eastbound and both westbound lanes will remain open during this time. All lanes on West Fifth Avenue will reopen outside of listed work hours, and signs will be on site to assist with traffic control. Please see attached N. Central Street Streetscapes Project map for more detailed information. 

November 4, 2016 N. Central Street Update – This week, KUB’s contractor Adams and Sons, Inc., installed new water main from the rail road tracks in the Old City headed north toward Magnolia Avenue.

On Tuesday, November 8, from 7 a.m. – 5 p.m., crews will completely close N. Central Street between the railroad tracks and Magnolia Avenue, along with W. Depot Avenue between N. Gay Street and Morgan Street to allow for water main installation and fire line installation in this intersection.

(Old City) N. Central Street & Depot Avenue Road Closure [November 8] – KUB and its contractor will close the below sections of roadway from 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Tuesday, November 8, as utility work for the N. Central Avenue Streetscapes Project continues:
·    N. Central Street between Magnolia Avenue and Jackson Avenue
·    W. Depot Avenue between Ogden Street and Morgan Street.
Alternate routes include Magnolia Avenue, Ogden Street, W. Depot Avenue, and N. Gay Street. Following this work, the single lane closure of southbound N. Central Street will be re-implemented. Please see the attached N. Central Street Streetscapes Project map for more detailed traffic information. Follow-up advisories will be issued as necessary.

 

WEST JACKSON STREETSCAPES PROJECT KICKS OFF MONDAY, NOV. 7;
SECTION OF AVENUE TO CLOSE TO THROUGH TRAFFIC
                                                                                                                

KUB is scheduled to begin work on the utility improvement portion of the City of Knoxville’s West Jackson Avenue Streetscapes Project on Monday, Nov. 7.

Combined, the KUB and City infrastructure investments on the section of West Jackson Avenue between North Broadway and the ramp to South Gay Street will total almost $2 million.

The joint project begins with KUB’s utility infrastructure upgrades – a $580,000 investment, which includes replacement of 1,000 feet of natural gas main, 950 feet of water main and 500 feet of sewer main.

KUB anticipates completing all the utility upgrades on West Jackson Avenue by April 2017.

KUB will maintain ingress and egress to businesses, offices and parking areas, but the work-zone section of West Jackson Avenue will be closed to through traffic for the next six months while the infrastructure upgrades are being made.

The utility work is starting ahead of the City of Knoxville’s more than $1 million streetscapes project, which will include sidewalk improvements, new curbs, “bulb outs” and other features to improve pedestrian safety; better-defined on-street parking; landscaping; and resurfacing.

The City’s streetscapes project is scheduled to begin next spring, following the completion of utility upgrades. To review a presentation from an Oct. 13 public meeting, or to access archival documents on the Jackson Avenue streetscapes project, please visit http://www.knoxvilletn.gov/jacksonavenue.

The first phase of KUB’s utility construction will begin Monday, Nov. 7, near the entrance to the Jackson Avenue parking lot and progress westward to the area near 516 W. Jackson Ave. The entrance to the Jackson Avenue lot will be limited to alternating in/out traffic on Monday, Nov. 7, and Tuesday, Nov. 8. Construction will move past the parking lot entrance and normal two-way traffic will resume after Nov. 8.

To facilitate safe working conditions and to provide adequate space for construction vehicles and equipment, the contractor will close West Jackson Avenue between Broadway and Gay Street to through traffic. The through traffic closures will remain in effect in the designated construction zone for the duration of the project as work progresses from east to west on West Jackson Avenue toward Broadway.

Construction methods will include boring and open-cut trenching. Weekday work hours will be limited to 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Some night and 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. Additionally, KUB has set up a blog to keep customers informed about the project: http://kubmajorprojects.blogspot.com/.

KUB customers also can call 865-558-2330 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.

 

(Released by City of Knoxville Communications on 10/28/16)

ROADWAY PREPARATION WORK TO KICK OFF
WEST JACKSON AVENUE STREETSCAPES PROJECT

In partnership with the City of Knoxville’s West Jackson Avenue Streetscapes Project, KUB and its contractor are scheduled to begin preparation work on the roadway surface ahead of the utility improvement portion of the project on Monday, Oct. 31.

Next week, anticipate intermittent lane closures on West Jackson Avenue between North Broadway and the start of the ramp onto South Gay Street from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, Monday, Oct. 31, through Friday, Nov. 4. One lane of traffic will be maintained to alternating traffic through the work zone. The utility upgrades are expected to begin Monday, Nov. 7.

KUB will 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 to keep customers informed about the project: http://kubmajorprojects.blogspot.com/.

KUB customers also can call 865-558-2330 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.

The combined Streetscape and utility improvement project represents a joint City and KUB investment of almost $2 million.

KUB next month will begin replacing water main, fire hydrants, natural gas main and sewer infrastructure. Next spring, City streetscape improvements will follow, including new street lights and a wider sidewalk that will serve patrons of businesses on the south side of West Jackson. For more details, please visit http://www.knoxvilletn.gov/jacksonavenue.

(Old City) W. Jackson Avenue Intermittent Lane Closures [October 31-November 4] – KUB and its contractor will implement intermittent lane closures on a short section of Jackson Avenue between North Broadway and the westernmost Jackson Avenue viaduct ramp from 6 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily, Monday through Friday, October 31 through November 4, as preparation work is performed ahead of the Jackson Avenue Streetscapes Project. One lane of traffic will remain open and be used to alternate traffic and access to area businesses and parking will be maintained.

October 28, 2016 Update for N. Central – This week, KUB’s contractor Adams and Sons, Inc., began installation of new water main in the Old City north of the railroad tracks to the W. Depot Street intersection. Next week, crews expect to cross through the intersection of W. Depot Street and proceed north toward Magnolia Avenue. The current traffic control plan will remain in place.

 

(Old City) West Jackson Avenue Road Closure [November 4 -  January 2017] – KUB crews will implement a full road closure of a short section of West Jackson Avenue between North Broadway and South Gay Street from 6 a.m., Monday, November 7, through January 2017, work is performed on the Jackson Avenue Streetscapes Project. Access to area parking will be maintained from both N. Broadway and S. Gay Street; however, through traffic will be prohibited. On Monday, November 7, and Tuesday, November 8, there will be alternating ingress/egress to the Jackson Avenue Lot with flaggers present. Two-way ingress/egress to the lot will resume after November 8. Sidewalk pedestrian access will also be maintained during the project. This closure will be around-the-clock through the project timeframe, and will remain in place overnight and on weekends. Please see the attached W. Jackson Avenue Streetscapes Project map for more detailed traffic information. Follow-up advisories will be issued as necessary.

 

 

(Released by City of Knoxville Communications on 10/21/16)

UTILITY WORK ON MONDAY, OCT. 24, TO KICK OFF
NORTH CENTRAL STREETSCAPES PROJECT

In partnership with the City of Knoxville’s North Central Streetscapes Project, KUB and its contractor, Adams and Sons, are scheduled to begin work on the utility improvement portion of the project on Monday, Oct. 24.

The utility upgrade portion of the project will replace water main along a 12-block section of North Central Street, beginning in the area just north of the railroad tracks in the Old City near Depot Avenue and progressing northward to Woodland Avenue. As part of this project, a section of water main on Fifth Avenue between Lamar Street and Williams Street also will be replaced. Sections of water main in this area date back to the late 1800s and early 1900s.

Combined, the KUB and City infrastructure investments will total more than $5 million.

The joint project begins with KUB’s utility infrastructure upgrades – a $1.85 million investment, which includes replacement of 8,800 feet of water main and 26 fire hydrants. Some natural gas infrastructure will need to be relocated as part of this project to accommodate City of Knoxville improvements to the stormwater system in the area.

KUB anticipates completing all the utility upgrades by summer 2017. However, construction will be completed in block-to-block sections, so the entire length of North Central Street will not be affected at any one time. Lane closures and shifts will be required in the work zones to safely accommodate construction. KUB will maintain ingress and egress to businesses, offices and parking areas.

The utility work is starting ahead of the City of Knoxville’s more than $3 million Streetscapes project, which will include sidewalk improvements, new curbs, “bulb outs” and other features to improve pedestrian safety; better-defined on-street parking; better-marked bike lanes; landscaping; and resurfacing. One of the most visible aspects of the City’s streetscape project will be the creation of a new linear park between Pearl Place and Baxter Avenue – a block with enhanced landscaping, benches and other amenities.

The City’s streetscapes project is scheduled to be completed by the fall 2018. To review a presentation from an Oct. 13 public meeting, or to access archival documents on the Central streetscapes project, please visit http://www.knoxvilletn.gov/centralstreet.

The first phase of KUB’s utility construction will begin Monday, Oct. 24, in the area of North Central Street near the railroad tracks just south of Depot Avenue and will progress northward toward Magnolia Avenue.

To facilitate safe working conditions and to provide adequate space for construction vehicles and equipment, the contractor will close the southbound lane of North Central Street between Magnolia Avenue and the railroad tracks north of Jackson Avenue starting at 6 a.m. Monday, Oct. 24. The around-the-clock lane closure will remain in place through mid-November 2016. Southbound motorists on Central Street will be detoured around the work zone via West Magnolia Avenue to Gay Street, to West Jackson Avenue, then to South Central Street. Northbound commuters will not be affected by the KUB project.

Construction methods will include open-cut replacement, as well as trenchless construction methods. Weekday work hours will be limited to 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Some night and 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. Additionally, KUB has set up a blog to keep customers informed about the project: http://kubmajorprojects.blogspot.com/.

KUB customers also can call 865-558-2330 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.

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Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade project

KUB has designated two Customer Support representatives as the primary points of contact for the duration of the project. If you are unable to attend the public meeting, but would like to speak with someone about the project, please call the numbers listed below (available weekdays between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m.):

Massamba Fall - Office: 558-2126; Cell: 705-3501
Ann Keener - Office: 558-2140; Cell: 313-3212

Customers can call the customer support hotline at 558-2330 to leave a message after hours. All messages will be responded to by the end of the following work day.

NEWS RELEASE

October 4, 2016  - For more Information, contact: KUB Community Relations 
For Immediate Release                                                                               

KUB Downtown Century II Utilities Project Completed Ahead of Schedule

KUB and its contractor, Garney Construction, will complete their Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade project this week, well ahead of schedule. The project began July 2014, and was expected to last through spring 2017. Through planning, resource commitment, and effective work management, Garney Construction was able to reduce the length of the project substantially while completing three phases of major utility upgrades that will serve downtown for many years to come.

Work to replace and upgrade aging utility infrastructure, some of which had been in service since the late 1800s, spanned an area bordered by Jackson Avenue to the north, Hall of Fame Drive to the east, the Tennessee River to the south, and Cumberland Avenue to the west. As part of this project, the utility infrastructure upgrades below were completed:

Water main installed: 23,092 feet
Wastewater main upgrades: 18,450 feet
Natural gas main installed: 538 feet
Electric cable installed: 1,000 feet
Pre-cast manholes installed: 111

Fire hydrants replaced/installed: 62
Electrical transformer vaults installed: 3
Electrical manholes installed: 3
Wastewater, Water, and Natural Gas service connections:  302

KUB thanks its customers, Tennessee Department of Transportation, City of Knoxville, and the University of Tennessee for their patience and support as this project was completed. “The completion of this project would not be possible without the coordination and support of the workers and residents of downtown Knoxville,” said Mintha Roach, KUB President and CEO. “We are so grateful for their patience during construction, and we're pleased that, thanks to the Century II program, KUB can continue to provide safe and reliable utility service for the next century.”

With the completion of KUB’s Downtown Century II ahead of schedule, the City of Knoxville will repave more than 6 miles of streets downtown. The resurfacing project, funded jointly by the City and KUB, means that almost all downtown streets will be smooth, with new asphalt and line markings, by the end of 2016.

 

October 3, 2016 UPDATE - Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project – Walnut Street Lane Closure [Extended October 4] – KUB and its contractor crews will reduce a short section of Walnut Street between Union Avenue and Summer Place to one alternating lane of traffic from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Tuesday, October 4, as work continues on the Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade project.  The northbound lane will be closed, while the southbound lane remains open and is used to alternate traffic through the work zone. Access to area parking garages will be maintained. Follow-up advisories will be issued as necessary.

September 30, 2016 UPDATE - Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project – Walnut Street Lane Closure [Extended October 3] – KUB and its contractor crews will reduce a short section of Walnut Street between Union Avenue and Summer Place to one alternating lane of traffic from 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Monday, October 3, as work continues on the Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade project.  The northbound lane will be closed, while the southbound lane remains open and is used to alternate traffic through the work zone. Access to area parking garages will be maintained. Follow-up advisories will be issued as necessary.

Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project – Walnut Street Lane Closure [September 29-30] – KUB and its contractor crews will reduce a short section of Walnut Street between Union Avenue and Summer Place to one alternating lane of traffic from 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Thursday, September 29, and Friday, September 30, as work continues on the Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade project.  The northbound lane will be closed, while the southbound lane remains open and is used to alternate traffic through the work zone. Access to area parking garages will be maintained. Follow-up advisories will be issued as necessary.

September 23, 2016 UPDATE – Next week, paving and restoration work will be performed on Henley Street. This work has been coordinated with Tennessee Department of Transportation, City of Knoxville, and the University of Tennessee. Shifting lane closures will be implemented nightly between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m., starting Sunday, September 25, lasting through Friday morning September 30, to complete paving on Henley Street between Hill Avenue and the I-40 ramps. Motorists are advised to use caution and follow the implemented traffic control plan while this work is completed. Final manhole work on Clinch Avenue between Henley Street and Locust Street will also be completed. Crews will also complete remaining final restoration tasks, including sidewalk restoration and asphalt patching.

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES

Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project – Henley Street Shifting Lane Closure [September 25-30] – KUB and its contractor will implement shifting lane closures on Henley Street between Hill Avenue and the I-40 ramps nightly between 6 p.m. - 6 a.m., starting Sunday night, September 25, through Friday morning, September 31, as restoration work is performed following completion of the Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade project. Motorists are advised to use caution, and should follow the traffic control measures implemented on site. Please see the DCII Project map for more detailed traffic information.

Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project – Clinch Avenue Lane Closures [September 26-28] – KUB and its contractor will implement lane closures on westbound Clinch Avenue between Locust Street and Henley Street daily between 7 a.m. - 6 p.m., starting Monday, September 26, through Wednesday, September 28, to allow for safe manhole access as part of the Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade project. One lane of eastbound, one lane of westbound, and turn access to Henley Street will be maintained while this work is performed. Motorists are advised to use caution, and should follow the traffic control measures implemented on site. Please see the DCII Project map for more detailed traffic information.

(Downtown Knoxville) Walnut Street Lane Closure [September 26-29] – KUB crews will reduce a short section of Walnut Street between Union Avenue and Summer Place to one alternating lane of traffic from 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily, Monday-Thursday, September 26-29, as work is performed on the natural gas distribution system in the area. The northbound lane will be closed, while the southbound lane remains open and is used to alternate traffic through the work zone. Access to area parking garages will be maintained. Follow-up advisories will be issued as necessary.

August 24, 2016 UPDATE - Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project – S. Gay Street Road Closure [Extended August 24] – KUB and its contractor will implement a closure of S. Gay Street between Cumberland Avenue and Main Street from 6-11 p.m., Wednesday, August 24, as work continues on the Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade project. Alternate routes include Cumberland Avenue, State Street, W. Church Avenue, Locust Street, and Main Street. Please see the DCII Project map for more detailed traffic information.

August 23, 2016 UPDATE  - Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project – Henley Street Lane Closure [August 23] – KUB and its contractor will implement a lane closure of the curbside, northbound of Henley Street between W. Church Avenue and Clinch Avenue from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., on Tuesday, August 23, as work continues on the Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade project. One northbound lane, the center turn lane, and all southbound lanes will remain open during this timeframe. As part of this work, the curbside turn lane from Clinch Avenue to Henley Street will also be closed (turn access to Henley will be maintained via the center turn lane). Please see the DCII Project map for more detailed traffic information.

August 22, 2016 UPDATE – On Tuesday, August 23, from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., paving crews will restore the W. Church Avenue/Locust Street intersection. Crews will direct traffic around the paving work through the intersection EXCEPT for eastbound traffic on W. Church Avenue through the intersection. The eastbound lane of W. Church Avenue between Henley Street and the intersection will be closed. Please see updated traffic map for more information.

August 19, 2016 UPDATE – This week, Garney Construction completed remaining water work on W. Church Avenue at the Locust Street intersection. Due to weather, the planned work on Cumberland Avenue between Estabrook Road and Poplar Street was delayed, and will now be performed next week.

Also next week, additional work will take place on W. Church Avenue, Clinch Avenue, and S. Gay Street as indicated below, and upon successful completion, roadway restoration will follow. In the next two weeks, a manhole crew will move throughout downtown accessing manholes to perform final tasks, and motorists are advised to be mindful of their presence and use caution as temporary lane shifts are expected to allow for safe manhole access.

In the coming weeks, Garney Construction will vacate their lay down yard on State Street, thus signaling the end of KUB’s Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project substantially ahead of the original projected completion date of spring 2017. KUB and Garney Construction thank everyone for their cooperation and understanding throughout this project.

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES

Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project – Henley Street & Clinch Avenue Lane Closures [September 19-21] – KUB and its contractor will close a short section of the outside, northbound lane of Henley Street north of the Clinch Avenue intersection from 9 a.m., Monday, September 19, through 6 p.m., Wednesday, September 21, as repairs are made to the roadway surface following the Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade project. Three northbound lanes of Henley Street will remain open during this time. As part of this closure, the curbside turn lane of Clinch Avenue between Henley Street and Locust Street will also be closed. Please see attached DCII Project map for more detailed traffic information.

(Downtown Knoxville) Walnut Street Road Closure [August 28] – KUB crews will close a section of Walnut Street, between Union Avenue and Clinch Avenue, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Sunday, August 28, as work is performed on the natural gas distribution system in the area. Detour routes will include West Church Avenue, Clinch Avenue, Union Avenue, Wall Avenue, and South Gay Street. Parking access will be maintained, and flaggers will be on site to assist with traffic control.

(Downtown Knoxville) W. Summit Hill Drive Lane Closure [August 28] – KUB crews will close the inside, westbound lane of W. Summit Hill Drive at the Locust Street intersection from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Sunday, August 28, as work is performed on the natural gas distribution system in the area. Both eastbound lanes, one westbound lane, and turn access to/from Locust Street will be maintained. Follow-up advisories will be issued as necessary.  

Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project – W. Summit Hill Drive Lane Closure [August 26] – KUB and its contractor will implement a lane closure of the inside, westbound lane of W. Summit Hill Drive at Walnut Street from 7 a.m. - 3 p.m., on Friday, August 26, to allow safe manhole access as work continues on the Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade project. Turning access from Walnut Street to W. Summit Hill Drive will be maintained. Please see attached DCII Project map for more detailed traffic information.

Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project – Cumberland Avenue & Poplar Street Lane Closure [August 26] – KUB and its contractor will implement a lane closure of the curbside, eastbound lane of Cumberland Avenue at Poplar Street, and one lane of traffic on Poplar Street, from 7 a.m. - 3 p.m., on Friday, August 26, to allow safe manhole access as work continues on the Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade project. Ingress/egress to Poplar Street will be maintained. Please see attached DCII Project map for more detailed traffic information.

Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project – Henley Street Lane Closure

[August 23] – KUB and its contractor will implement a lane closure of the curbside,northbound of Henley Street between W. Church Avenue and Clinch Avenue from 9 a.m.- 3 p.m., on Tuesday, August 23, as work continues on the Downtown Century II UtilitiesUpgrade project. One northbound lane, the center turn lane, and all southbound laneswill remain open during this timeframe. As part of this work, the curbside turn lane fromClinch Avenue to Henley Street will also be closed (turn access to Henley will bemaintained via the center turn lane). Please see attached DCII Project map for more detailed traffic information.

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 and expect temporary delays in these areas. More information on this and other KUB construction projects can be found at www.kub.org.

(Downtown Knoxville) W. Church Avenue/Walnut Street Intersection Closure [August 21-22] – KUB crews will implement the below traffic control measures from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m., on Sunday, August 21, and Monday, August 22, as work is completed on the natural gas distribution system in the area:

Road Closure – Walnut Street between W. Church Avenue and Union Avenue
Lane Closure – Both eastbound lanes of W. Church Avenue between Walnut Street and Market Street. The westbound lane will remain open and be used to alternate traffic to surface parking lots.

Parking access and hotel access will be maintained on W. Church Avenue. Flaggers will be on-site to assist with traffic control, and follow-up advisories will be issued as necessary.

(Downtown Knoxville) Clinch Avenue Road Closure [August 22-26] – KUB crews will close a short section of Clinch Avenue between S. Gay Street and Market Street to traffic from 9 a.m., Monday, August 22, through 3 p.m., Friday, August 26, as work is performed on the electric distribution system in the area. Alternate routes include S. Gay Street, W. Church Avenue, Market Street, Wall Avenue, Walnut Street, and Union Avenue. Follow-up advisories will be issued as necessary.

Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project – S. Gay Street Road Closure [August 22] – KUB and its contractor will implement a closure of S. Gay Street between Cumberland Avenue and Main Street from 6-11 p.m., Monday, August 22, as work continues on the Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade project. Alternate routes include Cumberland Avenue, State Street, W. Church Avenue, Locust Street, and Main Street. Please see the DCII Project map for more detailed traffic information.

Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project – Cumberland Avenue Lane Closure [Extended August 22-23] – KUB and its contractor will implement a lane closure of the curbside, eastbound lane of Cumberland Avenue between Estabrook Road and Poplar Street from 6 a.m., Monday, August 22, through 6 p.m., Tuesday, August 23, as work continues on the Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade project. This work was delayed due to weather. One eastbound lane and both westbound lanes will remain open to traffic. Parking access to the UT Staff Parking Lot and the Poplar Street Parking Lot will be maintained. Follow up advisories will be issued as necessary. Please see the DCII Project map for more detailed traffic information.

Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project Photos – August 15-19, 2016

August 16, 2016 UPDATE – With traffic flow returned to the 700 block of S. Gay Street, Garney Construction will begin the remaining construction work for the Downtown Century II Utilities upgrade project. Following successful completion of the below work, roadway restoration will be performed.

Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project – W. Church Avenue/Locust Street Intersection Closure [August 17-19] – KUB and its contractor will implement a closure of the W. Church Avenue/Locust Street intersection from 6 a.m., Wednesday, August 17, through noon, Friday, August 19, as work continues on the Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade project. As part of this work, the following roadways will also be closed:

W. Church Avenue between Henley Street and Walnut Street
Locust Street between Clinch Avenue and Cumberland Avenue

Hilton Hotel traffic should use W. Church Avenue from Walnut Street to access the hotel driveway, while access to the hotel parking garage via Locust Street will be maintained. Follow-up advisories will be issued as necessary. Please see the DCII Project map for more detailed traffic information.

Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project – Cumberland Avenue Lane Closure [August 17-19] – KUB and its contractor will implement a lane closure of the curbside, eastbound lane of Cumberland Avenue between Estabrook Road and Poplar Street from 6 a.m., Wednesday, August 17, through noon, Friday, August 19, as work continues on the Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade project. One eastbound lane and both westbound lanes will remain open to traffic. Parking access to the UT Staff Parking Lot and the Poplar Street Parking Lot will be maintained. Follow up advisories will be issued as necessary. Please see the DCII Project map for more detailed traffic information

August 12, 2016 UPDATE -This week, subcontract crews performed work in the manholes located on Henley Street. Next week on Monday, August 15, b