City of Knoxville releases plans for more Gay Street improvement

City of Knoxville releases plans for more Gay Street improvements

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Other sections of Gay Street have already seen streetscape improvements. Other sections of Gay Street have already seen streetscape improvements.

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The City of Knoxville and contractors released plans for streetscape improvements on the last part of Gay Street to be redone.

The 400 and 500 blocks of North Gay Street is the last stretch of that road to undergo a revitalization project.

At a public meeting, staff from the Department of Redevelopment and consultants from Vaughn & Melton Engineering and Hedstrom Designs Landscape Architects showed renderings of the completed street.

According to the plans, there will be one lane of traffic in each direction, along with street parking and new landscaping, including both canopy trees and flowering trees.

The proposed work would complete streetscape work on North Gay from Depot Avenue to Emory Place as well as the entirety of Gay Street from the historic Gay Street Bridge over the Tennessee River to the street's northern terminus at Emory Place.

The concept plans call for narrowing the road to maintain a through lane in each direction, repair or replacement of sidewalks as necessary, providing landscaped areas for trees, and maintaining protected on-street parking.

The plans are consistent with the work done on the 300 and 600 blocks of North Gay in 2011.

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