Century II utility improvement project begins Tuesday in Downtow

Century II utility improvement project begins Tuesday in Downtown Knoxville

Century II project map (source: KUB) Century II project map (source: KUB)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The Knoxville Utilities Board and its contractor Garney Construction are beginning a large utility upgrade project in Downtown Knoxville Tuesday that will result in the closure of a portion of South Central Street for nine weeks.

Phase I of the downtown Century II upgrade project begins Tuesday, July 22 in the South Central Street/Commerce Avenue Area.

South Central Street between E. Summit Hill Drive and Union Avenue, along with Commerce Avenue, will be closed starting at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday and will remain closed for the following nine weeks.

Web extra: Century II Project Map [PDF]

To access the State Street Garage, the Dwight Kessel Garage and other destinations, city officials recommend two alternate routes.

Drivers can take Hall of Fame Drive to Church Avenue. They can then make a right off Church onto State Street. The garage will be on the right in one block.

Motorists can also take James White Parkway to the Cumberland Avenue exit ramp. That will connect commuters with either State Street or Gay Street.

The project will be completed in two phases, with work scheduled to be completed by fall 2015. Phase I includes the area bordered by W. Jackson Avenue to the north, S. Central Street to the east, S. Gay Street to the west and Clinch Avenue to the south. Phase II includes the area bordered by Clinch Avenue to the north, S. Central Street to the east, Maplehurst Court/Front Avenue to the west, and Neyland Drive to the south.

Portions of the natural gas and underground electric systems will also be upgraded in the area bordered by S. Central Street. Commerce Avenue, Union Avenue and State Street.

According to a KUB release, the project, which is designed to complete all utility upgrades at once to avoid future neighborhood disruption, will cost $8.4 million, and includes 11,000 feet of wastewater mains, 75 precast manholes, 13,000 feet of water main, 400 feet of natural gas main, 1,000 feet of underground electric conduit, three electrical transformer vaults and three electrical manholes.

Road, lane and sidewalk closures will be required during the process. KUB says it will coordinate all closures and detours with the city. Alternate access will be provided for businesses and parking facilities. Crews will also coordinate schedules to minimize the impact on special downtown events.

Weekday work hours will be limited to 6 a.m. to 6 p.m, but some night and weekend work may be required to meet project milestone dates.

KUB will post regular updates throughout the project on its website at www.kub.org, and on the KUB Facebook page. Additionally, KUB has set up a blog at http://downtowncentury2project.blogspot.com to keep customers informed about project milestones. 

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