BEGINNING 6AM, MONDAY, APRIL 2
STORMWATER UTILITY INSTALLATION TO CLOSE INTERSECTION
AT BROADWAY AND CENTRAL STREET
UPDATE - FRIDAY, APRIL 6: Crews working to install storm water lines have completed the work through the Broadway intersection early and have reopened traffic one lane in each direction. North Central Street is still closed from Third Avenue to Broadway and from Jennings to Broadway – detours are in place for those sections. Please note that no turns from Broadway will be allowed onto Central as crews are still working to connect the storm water pipe north and south of Broadway.
WELCOME TO THE NORTH CENTRAL STREETSCAPE PROJECT WEBSITE
On Tuesday, January 2, 2018, The City of Knoxville began its streetscape portion of the project – sidewalk improvements, new curbs, "bulb outs" and other features to improve pedestrian safety; better-defined on-street parking; better-marked bike lanes; landscaping; and resurfacing.
One of the most visible aspects of the streetscape project will be the creation of a new linear park between Pearl Place and Baxter Avenue – a block with enhanced landscaping, benches and other amenities.
"This linear park will serve as a gateway to Historic Happy Holler," said Redevelopment Deputy Director Anne Wallace. "Our aim is to reduce the amount of asphalt and create new green spaces. These improvements will make the corridor more inviting, and they’ll also make it safer for people who are walking or bicycling."
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.