Friday, September 26, 2014

Project Update

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.
















Friday, September 19, 2014

Project Update

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.




Friday, September 12, 2014

Project Update

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.
















Friday, September 5, 2014

Project Update

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.














Thursday, September 4, 2014

Project Update

September 4, 2014 - 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.

Project Update

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.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Project Update

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. 

Labor Day Holiday Weekend Traffic Map

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