Knoxville officials meet discuss streetscape project

Knoxville officials meet with property owners to discuss Cumberland Ave. project

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The public meeting gave property owners the chance to learn more and give their own input to city officials about the project. The public meeting gave property owners the chance to learn more and give their own input to city officials about the project.
The plan reduce the number of lanes and widen the sidewalks on Cumberland Ave. The plan reduce the number of lanes and widen the sidewalks on Cumberland Ave.
"There's a been a lot of thought gone into the process," said Knoxville Development Director Bob Whetsel. "There's a been a lot of thought gone into the process," said Knoxville Development Director Bob Whetsel.

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - City of Knoxville officials held a public meeting Tuesday night to talk about the Cumberland Avenue Streetscape Project.

The project will start west at Third Creek and continue eastward to 17th Street.

The plan, with a tentative construction start date in late 2013, will plant 60 trees, reduce the number of lanes and widen the sidewalks on Cumberland Ave.

The public meeting gave property owners the chance to learn more and give their own input to city officials about the project.

"There's a been a lot of thought gone into the process," said Knoxville Development Director Bob Whetsel. "There's a lot of competing interests. It's a very urban street, very narrow environment with the hospital and the university, but there's a lot of good roads around it, We're trying the change the face and shape of Cumberland."

Once started the project is expected to take at least 24 months to complete.

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