Cumberland Avenue overhaul work could begin this summer

Cumberland Avenue overhaul work could begin this summer

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KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Work is set to start this summer on the first phase of the Cumberland Avenue Corridor street redesign, an estimated $4 million six-month project aimed at easing traffic clogs on the western end of the corridor.

Phase One involves the stretch of Cumberland Avenue between 22nd Street and Alcoa Highway. The city will start taking bids on the project this weekend.

The work will include putting in new underground stormwater and gas lines to support new commercial and residential developments. City officials say some of the utility infrastructure dates back to before World War II.

Sidewalks will be added and widened, the roadway resurfaced, and new higher performing traffic signals installed.

City officials say backups are common for motorists trying to access northbound Alcoa Highway from Cumberland Avenue, partly because there is no dedicated turn lane onto northbound Alcoa Highway.

"Having this right turn laneadded to the project will really help to ease the congestion that's beenoccurring especially during the PM peak," Project Manager Anne Wallace said.

There is also an antiquated traffic signal at Metron Way and Cumberland that malfunctions at times, not always allowing vehicles turning west from Volunteer Boulevard onto Cumberland to clear the nearby intersection.

Approximately 35,000 vehicles travel on that stretch of road per day, which also contributes to the traffic jams.

The larger Phase Two project is set to get underway after Phase One is completed. Phase Two includes a $13 million redesign of Cumberland Avenue from 22nd Street to 16th Street, new underground utilities, new signals, new sidewalls, new turn lanes and medians, plus landscaping, benches, and pedestrian scaled lighting.

City officials say the total $17 million investment has already leveraged $100 million in investment from private developers.

Phase One work could begin as soon as June 1.

"It's been a while since thestrip has had a good facelift," Goal Post Tavern kitchen manager Craig Mobley said.

The tavern sits on the strip and Nobel said it is especially congested on game days.

"It's not as pedestrian friendlyas it should be," Mobile said. "Sidewalks get three or four people wide. People walking on the curbhalfway in the street."

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