I'm beginning to wonder if work will ever start on this thing.
From the city: Knoxville officials will be rebidding the contract for
construction of the comprehensive Cumberland Avenue street redesign
project, which will push the start of construction back from early 2015
to summer 2015.
Only one company had submitted a bid to perform the work, and that bid
came in higher than budgeted. City consultants had estimated the
construction work at about $11 million, and the sole bid was for more
than $25 million. So the project will go out for rebid early next year
after several elements of the bid package have been reworked.
City officials remain committed to doing the major traffic-flow redesign
and utility upgrade along Cumberland Avenue, even though it appears
that the project will wind up being costlier than first anticipated.
Additional funding sources will be identified during the rebid process
"The Cumberland Avenue Corridor project is a very complicated urban road
project, and we knew it would present a number of challenges," said Bob
Whetsel, the City's Director of Redevelopment.
"But we are 100 percent committed to this project, which has already
helped spur more than $200 million in investment by private
redevelopers. We've pledged to partner with residents and merchants in
the Corridor by doing our part and modernizing the infrastructure, and
we intend to follow through with what's really a once-in-a-century major
The Cumberland Avenue project still will be done in two phases.
Phase I of the Cumberland Avenue project will ease traffic clogs on the
western end of the corridor, the stretch of Cumberland Avenue between
22nd Street and Alcoa Highway.
Phase I improvements - especially the smoother-flowing intersections at
Volunteer Boulevard and at Alcoa Highway - will give motorists more
options for avoiding the Phase II construction work, said Project
Manager Anne Wallace with the City's Office of Redevelopment.
Phase II calls for a redesign of Cumberland Avenue from 22nd Street to
16th Street. Both phases of work include new underground utilities, new
signals, new sidewalks, the addition of turn lanes and new medians, plus
landscaping, benches and pedestrian-scaled lighting.
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