The goal of the North Central Street project is to improve the multi-modal function of the street, making it friendly to pedestrians, bicyclists, transit users, as well as vehicles. There were several plans that highlighted the need for changes to North Central Street, copies of those plans are available HERE .
The City’s project includes replacing deteriorating storm water lines, repairing and replacing damaged sidewalks, installing new bulb outs to define on street parking and provide areas for landscape, better-marked bike lanes, resurfacing the street, and creating a linear park near Baxter Avenue. The area impacted runs from Depot Avenue on the south end of the project through the intersection at Broadway and north to Woodland Avenue, approximately 1.1 miles. The project started in January of 2018 and is scheduled to be completed in the spring of 2019.
Prior to the City’s construction, Knoxville’s Utilities Board (KUB), replaced more than 8,000 linear feet of water main and 26 fire hydrants. The completion of the $1.85 million project occurred in August of 2017 - click here for more information on the KUB work.
RAILROAD TO MAGNOLIA AVENUE
From Depot Avenue to Magnolia Avenue, the project includes new storm water lines, replacement of some sidewalk, new paving and new crosswalks and bike lanes at Magnolia.
The 200 Block of N. Central Street was redone as a local project. Changes included new storm water lines, storm water grate changes, adding on street parking with bulbouts and planter areas. For more information on that project visit the North Central Blog, here (http://knoxvilletn.gov/blog/One.aspx?portalId=6653617).
INTERSTATE-40 TO 4TH AVENUE
In this section, work will include installation of a new storm water line, repair and replacement of some sidewalks, installation of new ADA accessible ramps at the intersection of 5th Avenue, reducing the number of lanes north of 5th Avenue, adding bulbouts to protect on street parking and reduce crossing distances at intersections. After paving, new markings for bike lanes and crosswalks will be installed. Areas shown in green will be landscaped through a separate contract. A new pad will be installed for a KAT bus shelter near Emory Place.
5TH AVENUE CHANGES
On street parking is being added to both sides of 5th Avenue with bulbouts to define parking and shorten crossing distances for pedestrians. Additional on street parking will support the redevelopment of adjacent properties.
4TH AVENUE TO BROADWAY
Stormwater lines will be replaced in this section and new bulbouts will help to define entries to parking lots and provide areas for additional landscape. Sections of sidewalk will be replaced. The crosswalks at Broadway and Central will be stamped and have a decorative pattern connecting to new ADA ramps at each corner. Bike lanes will also be marked after new paving is installed.
JENNINGS AVENUE TO BERNARD AVENUE
Storm water lines will continue through this section with new drainage structures installed. New curb ramps will be installed at Jennings, Pruett and Bernard, along with sidewalk repair and replacement. Areas for landscape will be added along with some on-street parking near Fulton Place. Crosswalks will be marked on all the side streets off of Central.
BEARDEN PLACE TO PEARL PLACE
This section includes medians to add landscape areas and direct left turn movements. Storm water line replacement continues in this section. A bus shelter pads will be added at Dameron Avenue. Curb ramps will also be replaced at Bearden, Dameron and Pearl. The linear park space starts just north of Pearl Place.
BAXTER AVENUE AT N. CENTRAL STREET
This area will see significant changes with the reduction in pavement for a new linear park that will run from Pearl to north of Baxter Avenue. Additionally, more greenspace and parking will be marked on Baxter east of Central Street. There will be new sidewalks, benches, and landscape. New decorative crosswalks will be installed at Baxter and crossing distances will be shortened for pedestrians. Bike lanes will run through this section of the project.
At Anderson and Central Street bike lanes will merge with traffic for shared lanes due to reduction in right of way width. On street parking and bulb outs will be added along with medians to direct turn movements and add areas for landscape. Storm water lines will be replaced and new ADA curb cuts will be installed.
SCOTT AVENUE TO WOODLAND AVENUE
Storm water lines and sections of sidewalk will be replaced. A median will be added for additional landscape area. New crosswalks will be marked on Scott and the south leg of Woodland Avenue.