Monday, March 2, 2015

Project Update

Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project – Main Street Lane Closure [March 3-6] – KUB and its contractor, Garney Construction, will reduce a section of Main Street between South Gay Street and State Street to one lane of traffic starting Tuesday, March 3, until Friday, March 6, as work continues on the Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project. Access and egress will be maintained for parking facilities at First Tennessee Plaza and BB&T Building while the lane closure is in effect. As work areas shift, follow up advisories will be issued.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Project Update

February 27, 2015 UPDATE – KUB’s contractor, Garney Construction, continued installation of water main in South Central Street this week. Crews also continued wastewater main installation in Fire Street.

The work zone is expected to shift onto Main Street between South Gay Street and State Street mid week during the first week of March (weather permitting). This work will require a closure of this section of Main Street. KUB will post the finalized information on this blog early next week.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Project Update

February 20, 2015 UPDATE –  KUB’s contractor, Garney Construction, worked half a day Monday to install 60 feet of waterline on South Central Street. Due to the winter weather, crews were unable to return to work beyond Monday. Pending the weather, crews will return to work next week on South Central Street and Fire Street.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Project Update

February 13, 2015 UPDATE –  KUB’s contractor, Garney Construction, continues the final projects associated with Phase I of the Downtown Century II project with work in Johnson Alley and Fire Street. In the coming weeks, crews will complete work in Fire Street. Crews have already begun shifting to Phase II of the project, with a lane closure of South Central Street for waterline installation. Garney Construction also began moving their project headquarters to its new location at the former site of the Knoxville News Sentinel on State Street. 

Multiple agencies continue work in the downtown area, including AT&T as well as the construction of Marble Alley. The closure of South Central Street on Thursday, February 12, and Friday, February 13, between Commerce Avenue and Union Avenue, was unrelated to KUB work.

Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project – Fire Street Closure [February 16-27] – KUB and its contractor, Garney Construction, will close Fire Street to through traffic (between West Summit Hill Drive and Union Avenue) starting Monday, February 16, until Friday, February 27, as work continues on the Downtown Century II Multiple Utilities Upgrade Project. KUB has coordinated with local businesses/residents to maintain access via the north end of the Promenade Garage. Please see the attached map for more detailed information. As work areas shift, follow up advisories will be issued.

Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project – South Central Street Lane Closure [February 16-27] – KUB and its contractor, Garney Construction, will maintain a lane closure of  South Central Street (between Clinch Avenue and Main Street) starting Monday, February 16, until Friday, February 27, as part of Phase II of the Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project. Local traffic to impacted business will be maintained. There will be no street parking available during this work. 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 and Union Avenue.  As work areas shift, follow up advisories will be issued.

Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project Photos – February 9-13, 2015







Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Project Update

Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project – South Central Street Road Closure [February 12] – KUB crews will close South Central Street between West Summit Hill Drive to Union Avenue overnight from 12-4 a.m., Thursday, February 12, as work is performed on the downtown underground electric distribution network. Alternate routes include West Summit Hill Dive, South Gay Street, and Union Avenue.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Project Update

Clinch Avenue Lane Closure [February 10-11] – KUB and its contractor  will reduce Clinch Avenue to one lane of traffic between State Street and South Gay Street from  8 a.m. – 3 p.m., on Tuesday, February 10, and Wednesday, February 11, as work is performed on the natural gas distribution system in the area. Street parking on this section of road will not be available during this work.  

Friday, February 6, 2015

Project Update

February 6, 2015 UPDATE –  KUB’s contractor, Garney Construction, continues the final projects associated with Phase I of the Downtown Century II project with work in State Street, Johnson Alley, and Fire Street. In the coming weeks, crews will fully transition to Phase II of the project, with work beginning in the Clinch Avenue area, working south to the Tennessee River. Please see the traffic advisory, news release, and map/information sheet for more detailed information.

AT&T continues work along State Street. Please contact AT&T for more information on this work.

West Church Avenue Lane Closure [February 7] – KUB will close one lane on a short section of West Church Avenue between Market Street and South Gay Street on Saturday, February 7, from 7 a.m. – 3 p.m., as work is performed on the natural gas distribution system in the area. The outside, eastbound lane will be closed while the center turn lane and the westbound lane both remain open. 

Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project – South Central Street Lane Closure [February 9-27] – KUB and its contractor, Garney Construction, will reduce  South Central Street to one lane of  traffic (between Clinch Avenue and Cumberland Avenue) starting Monday, February 9, until Friday, February 27, as part of Phase II of the Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project. Local traffic to impacted business will be maintained. There will be no street parking available during this work. 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 and Union Avenue.  As work areas shift, follow up advisories will be issued.

                                                       NEWS RELEASE
                   KUB Downtown Century II Utilities Project Moving to Phase II
                                   Project Area Shifting South of Clinch Avenue

KUB and its contractor, Garney Construction, began construction activities on Phase I of a multiple utility upgrade project in the downtown Knoxville area in June 2014. Since then, work has been performed on more than 5,000 feet of water main, nearly 400 feet of natural gas pipeline, and just over 2,000 feet of wastewater main. Crews also installed 9 fire hydrants, 2 gas services for Marble Alley, 3 electric manholes, 3 electric transformer vaults, and rehabilitated or replaced 20 wastewater manholes. Construction has taken place in an area from Clinch Avenue north, along State Street and Central Street, across Summit Hill Drive into the Old City. This work provides renewed utilities to existing buildings and residences, but also will provide capacity as new development occurs, such as in Marble Alley.

As scheduled for February 2015, crews will transition into Phase II of the project in the coming weeks. Phase II includes the area bordered by Clinch Avenue to the north, S. Central Street to the east, Maplehurst Court/Front Avenue to the west, and Neyland Drive to the south. Crews will begin Phase II work in the vicinity of Clinch Avenue and work south toward the Tennessee River.

Like Phase I, Phase II will include road, lane, and sidewalk closures to facilitate safe access for equipment and workers. KUB will coordinate all closures and detours with the City of Knoxville. Alternate access will be provided for businesses and parking facilities. KUB and Garney Construction will also coordinate construction schedules to minimize the impact on special downtown events.

Construction methods will include open-cut replacement, as well as trenchless construction methods. Weekday work hours will generally be limited to 6 a.m.-6 p.m., with some night and weekend work possible in order to meet project milestone dates. Construction is expected to be completed in all areas by fall of 2015.

KUB will continue to 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 at http://downtowncentury2project.blogspot.com to keep customers informed about project milestones. Customers can call 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.
KUB appreciates the continued support of its customers throughout this project.

Attachment: Downtown Century II Project Information Sheet and Map

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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Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade Project Photos – February 2-6, 2015