Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Project Update

NEWS RELEASE


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

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.

KUB, a municipal utility serving Knox and parts of seven adjacent counties, provides reliable electric, gas, water, and wastewater services to more than 445,000 customers.
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Monday, October 3, 2016

Project 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.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Project 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.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Project Update

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.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Project Update

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 attached 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 attached 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.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Project Update

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.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Project Update

(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.