State Street escalator to close permanently

State Street escalator to close permanently

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An architect's rendering of the State Street parking garage and elevated walkway. (Source: State Street parking garage blog) An architect's rendering of the State Street parking garage and elevated walkway. (Source: State Street parking garage blog)
An architect's rendering of the State Street parking garage and elevated walkway. (Source: State Street parking garage blog) An architect's rendering of the State Street parking garage and elevated walkway. (Source: State Street parking garage blog)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The escalator that connects State Street to Gay Street next to the Regal Riviera movie theater will close for good on Jan. 2.

The move is part of the ongoing expansion of the State Street Parking Garage, which will add a level to the garage.

The escalator will be shut down at 6 a.m. on Wednesday. The elevator next to it will remain open, and a temporary staircase will be opened alongside it.

The escalator is being replaced with an elevated walkway from the garage, which will cross State Street and connect with the public access way alongside the movie theater.   

The State Street Garage expansion is a $6.1 million project that will add 250 new spaces to the garage's existing 842 spaces. Construction is scheduled to be finished in early spring.

For more information and regular updates, visit the project blog.

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