Friday, December 19, 2014

Project Update

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










Friday, December 12, 2014

Project Update

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.


KUB to Begin Downtown Fire Hydrant Inspections This Weekend
Beginning Sunday night, December 14, KUB and its contractor, Utility Services, will begin routine testing of the fire hydrants located in the downtown Knoxville area.

This work will be conducted nightly from 12-6 a.m., starting Sunday night, December 14, through Monday, December 22, (weather permitting). Crews will not performing testing Friday, December 19, or Saturday, December 20. Also, if temperatures should fall below 35 degrees, crews will not perform the overnight testing.

There will be no water outages associated with this work, although some loss of pressure may be experienced for a short period of time during the testing. Those in the area will also see water being released from the hydrants, as well as water on streets and sidewalks in the downtown area. The contractor will take precautions to minimize the noise levels associated with this work and the equipment being used, particularly in areas with nearby residences.

Crews will test approximately 200 fire hydrants throughout the downtown Knoxville area. KUB is responsible for more than 8,000 fire hydrants within its service territory, and this work is part of KUB’s routine testing and inspection program. This work has been coordinated with the Knoxville Fire Department.

If you have any questions or concerns, please call KUB at 524-2911.


Friday, December 5, 2014

Project Update

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.

Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project Photos – November 24 – December 5, 2014






Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Project 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.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Project Update

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 blog 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











Friday, November 14, 2014

Project Update

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




Friday, November 7, 2014

Project Update

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