The two-year City of Knoxville project to reconstruct the Cumberland Avenue
Corridor starts Monday with utility work in the westbound lanes of Cumberland Avenue and
portions of side streets between West Volunteer Boulevard and 22nd
One lane of traffic will be maintained in each direction, shifted into the existing eastbound lanes.
The Cumberland Avenue Corridor
Project is a City of Knoxville initiative to redesign Cumberland Avenue from
Alcoa Highway east to 17th
street, changing the existing four-lane
street to a three-lane cross section with a raised median and left-turn lanes
at intersections. Sidewalks will be widened and landscaped, and utilities will
be buried, to create a more attractive, pedestrian-friendly corridor.
A new website - RIGHT SMACK HERE
- will keep the community up to date on the project. The site also includes an app that will send push alerts.
In addition, the city's Office of Redevelopment has set up a website - RIGHT SMACK HERE
Construction will proceed in two
phases, with Phase I (from Alcoa Highway to 22nd
Street) to be
completed by the end of 2015, and Phase II (from 22nd
Street to just
east of 17th
Street) scheduled for completion in August 2017.
The Knoxville City Council on March
31 authorized the execution of contracts for the construction and construction
engineering inspection work on Cumberland Avenue totaling about $18 million.
Most of the project is federally
funded, with City funding totaling about $3.6 million for construction. The
pledge to complete the infrastructure improvements have helped leverage major
redevelopment – $200 million in private investments – along the Cumberland
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