Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Project Update

July 22, 2014 UPDATERoad 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.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Project Update

July 18, 2014 Update - Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project Construction to Begin on July 22 – 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.

Construction Start News Release - issued July 18, 2014

Information Sheet and Map

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Project Update

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.

Information Sheet and Area Map

Friday, July 11, 2014

Project Update

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.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Project Update

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.