04/12/2019: Milling, Paving Begins Next Week
RELEASE DATE: April 12, 2019
The City’s North Central Streetscapes project enters another phase of construction as milling and paving of the street begins Tuesday, April 16, and continues 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily for approximately three weeks, weather permitting.
Crews will tackle resurfacing in two stages, the first being between East Depot Avenue, where the streetscapes project initially began in January 2018, and Bernard Avenue. The second stretch of North Central Street will be milled and paved between Bernard and streetscape project’s terminus at Woodland Avenue.
Both stages of the paving project will cause temporary lane closures on North Central Street, however traffic will be maintained in both directions at all times with flaggers on site to provide assistance to drivers. Updated traffic patterns will be indicated by temporary striping applied at the end of each work day.
Prior to the paving project, crews will remove old trolley tracks uncovered during the excavation of the new medians in the center of the street. The median areas will include plants and trees to be installed in the fall of 2019 through a separate landscape contract.
02/08/2019: WBIR Channel 10 News is Centered on Central
RELEASE DATE: Feb. 4, 2019
01/14/19: Open house for North Central Street landscape plans set
RELEASE DATE: Jan. 14, 2019
These are the concept plans presented at the January 2019 public meeting. In general, the plans were well received. Concerns were expressed about maintenance of the plantings and an effort has been made to coordinate with Public Service for maintenance once the plants are installed. Two other comments were to include more evergreen landscape material to provide year round interest and to increase the use of native plants. The landscape architects have added native evergreen plants to the plant selections and final plans will reflect this change. Update from after the public meeting, unfortunately with a relatively mild winter and warm, wet February, plant material started blooming early this year and the difficult decision was made to delay planting until Fall 2019.
JAN. 22 UPDATE: PLEASE NOTE: CHANGE OF LOCATION TO RELIX VARIETY THEATRE
Jan. 14, 2019
OPEN HOUSE FOR LANDSCAPE PLANS SET
As the $6.15 million North Central Street streetscaping construction project approaches completion, the City’s Office of Redevelopment invites stakeholders to an open house Jan. 22 from 5:30-7 p.m. at Relix Variety Theatre, 1208 N. Central St., to consider and provide input on the landscaping project.
At the open house, guests will be able to review plans and renderings for just over one mile of landscaping, including the project’s centerpiece: a linear park planned for a section of North Central Street and Baxter Avenue. Landscape architects with Hedstrom Design have proposed a design and worked with the City’s Urban Forestry and Horticulture staffs to recommend an assortment of plants, shrubs and trees that will suit variables like climate, concrete planters, height and maintenance requirements.
“We want the landscaping to beautify the area with a variety of colors and textures,” says Deputy Director of Redevelopment Anne Wallace. “The ideal mix of plants will satisfy those qualifications while thriving in an urban environment.”
The timing of the end of construction and beginning of landscaping depends on Knoxville’s winter weather.
After the open house and public input, the City will put the contract for plant installation out to bid via its Purchasing website at KnoxvilleTN.gov/bids.
The North Central Street Streetscape Project began in January 2018 and encompasses the 13 blocks between West Depot and Woodland avenues.
As of this week, the concrete curbs, bump outs and driveways on the east side of North Central Street between Anderson and Scott avenues have been poured. In the next two weeks, crews will work on the west side of Central between Scott and Baxter avenues.
Additional project details and updates are available at https://www.northcentralstreet.com.
Anyone needing a disability accommodation to be able to attend the open house or any public meeting should contact Stephanie Cook at or 865-215-2034. For an English interpreter, contact Title VI Coordinator Tatia M. Harris at 865-215-2831.
12/04/2018: Traffic delays expected between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.
RELEASE DATE: Dec. 3, 2018
Dec. 3, 2018
TRAFFIC SIGNAL UPDATES AT BROADWAY, CENTRAL
Drivers can expect slight delays Tuesday, Dec. 4, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. as workers activate new traffic signals at the intersection of North Central Street and Broadway. Knoxville Police Department officers will assist and maintain traffic flow through the intersection.
Traffic signals are changing from being hung on span wire to being mounted on mast arm poles.
Replacement of the traffic signals is part of the North Central Street Streetscape Project, which began in January 2018 and has progressed to the intersection at Baxter Avenue. The construction phase of the project is approximately 70 percent complete, and is targeted for completion in March 2019.
9/17-10/5: lane closures on N. Central Street between N. Broadway and E. Fifth Avenue
RELEASE DATE: September 14, 2018
September 14, 2018
To: Local Media Representatives
From: KUB Communications
Re: Traffic Advisory – Lane/Road Closure Utility Work [All closures and work are weather permitting]
(Old City) N. Central Street Intermittent Lane Closures [September 17 – October 5] – KUB contract crews will implement intermittent lane closures on N. Central Street between N. Broadway and E. Fifth Avenue as needed to complete electric distribution system work as part of an ongoing City of Knoxville Streetscapes Project. Closures will only be implemented as needed to complete work from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Monday – Friday, starting Monday, September 17, through Friday, October 5. All impacted lanes will be reopened after hours and on weekends. Follow-up advisories will be issued as necessary.
Some listed closures may extend beyond the scheduled times depending on the conditions encountered during excavation and construction. Appropriate traffic control measures will be in place at each location to assist motorists traveling in these areas. Due to the ongoing presence of workers and equipment, motorists are advised to use caution and expect temporary delays in these areas. More information on this and other KUB construction projects can be found at www.kub.org.
STORMWATER UTILITY INSTALLATION TO CLOSE INTERSECTION
AT BROADWAY AND CENTRAL STREET
RELEASE DATE: MARCH 28, 2018
As part of the City’s $5.8 million North Central Street streetscapes project, the intersection of North Central Street and North Broadway will be closed for 12 days, beginning at 6 a.m. on Monday, April 2.
The around-the-clock closure is required as Southern Constructors Inc. contractor crews install storm drainage infrastructure through the Central-Broadway intersection. The larger reinforced concrete pipes will increase the system’s stormwater capacity.
Traffic will be detoured around the intersection, which is scheduled to reopen by 6 p.m. Friday, April 13:
Northbound commuters on Broadway will turn right onto East Fifth Avenue, then left onto Lamar Street to reconnect to northbound Broadway.
Central Street northbound commuters will pick up East Fifth Avenue and follow the same route, reconnecting to Central north of the work zone by turning left off Broadway onto Bearden Place.
Southbound commuters on Broadway will detour right onto Bearden Place, then turn left onto Central Street, then right onto Jennings Avenue and left onto Tyson Street to reconnect to southbound Broadway.
Southbound commuters on Central will follow the same route, reconnecting to Central south of the work zone by turning left off Broadway onto East Fifth Avenue.
In addition, storm drainage infrastructure also is being installed this week on North Central Street between Third Avenue and North Broadway, requiring closures, one lane at a time, on Central, beginning at 6 a.m. Wednesday, March 28, and ending at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 29. One lane of traffic will be maintained at all times over these two days, with flag personnel and/or detour signs directing traffic around the work area.
The streetscapes project is replacing storm drains and stormwater pipes and repairing and constructing new sidewalks on North Central between West Depot Avenue and Woodland Avenue. A linear park is planned for the block of North Central Street between Baxter and Hinton avenues.
Combined with Knoxville Utilities Board’s $1.85 million investment to upgrade gas lines, water main and fire hydrants through the 10-block area, the total public investment in the North Central Street Streetscapes Project is expected to total about $7.65 million.
The infrastructure upgrades include replacing some very old components. For example, KUB’s work included replacing a section of cast iron water main dating back to 1893. The City’s stormwater system improvements included, in one case, replacement of some pre-World War II clay pipe.
The KUB work is finished, and the City’s portion of the project – 80 percent funded by the Federal Highway Administration, with a 20 percent match in local funding by the City – is scheduled to be completed by early 2019. The linear park plantings will be done in either spring or fall 2019, depending on the pace of the infrastructure installation and the weather.