Wednesday, November 21, 2012

State Street Garage Update- November 21, 2012

Our foundation work for the State Street Garage is proceeding as scheduled. Union Avenue is now completely reopened although we will have another lane closure there and also on Clinch Avenue in the next few weeks to complete our work. Central Street will continue to have a lane closure for the next few months.

Here is another pic from original construction:

One lane of State Street will be closed beginning Monday, November 26, 2012 probably until the end of the year for foundation work . The pedestrian walkway will be maintained and we will have flagmen on site to help with safety. Please help us out by using caution and abiding by all of our traffic control devices in this area.
All entrances and exits to the Garage should be available until the first of the year.
The screened garbage collection area will be moved nearby and a temporary screen will be built until we can provide the permanent location. Our plan is to move this area to the other end of the Garage and possibly expand the site for future capacity.

Our next Public meeting to discuss the progress and planning of the State Street Garage Expansion will be held at the East Tennessee History Center on S.Gay Street at 5:00pm on Thursday, December 13, 2012.

Please join us Downtown Friday for the following event:

Friday Events Celebrate Gay Street and Christmas in the City
November 19, 2012 - A double-helping of holiday events this Friday, Nov. 23rd, will recognize a "Great Street" and also kick off Knoxville's Christmas in the City celebration for 2012.

At 5:30 p.m., in Krutch Park Extension, Mayor Madeline Rogero will join other local officials to celebrate the naming of Gay Street as one of 10 "Great Streets" in America by the American Planning Association. In adding Gay Street to its annual list for 2012, the APA cited the historical preservation efforts that have saved many of its buildings, and its continuing contribution to Knoxville's economy and vibrant arts scene.

Then, at 6 p.m., also in Krutch Park Extension, Mayor Rogero will lead the annual tree-lighting ceremony that begins the Regal Celebration of Lights.
A full evening of festivities will follow, including:
·  The return of ice skating to Market Square, with Holidays on Ice (rink opens at 10:00 am), with a ribbon cutting to be held at 4 p.m -
·  WDVX Holiday Ho-Ho-Hoedown entertainment 5:30-9 p.m. on Market Square Stage
·  Free train rides up and down Gay Street, with the Fezziwig Express picking up at the corner of Clinch Avenue and Market Street
·  Downtown Knoxville becomes a Christmas village with caroling and marshmallow roasting
·  Performances by French horns and voices
·  Free activities including pictures with Santa Claus, hot cocoa by the Salvation Army, Mrs. Claus Bake Shop, face painting, balloon animals & much more!

For more information about Christmas in the City events, +including tips on parking, visit

Also note the following:

Paving work that was scheduled to be done downtown on Church Avenue between Henley Street and Gay Street has been postponed until sometime in 2013.

The City has been notified that KUB will be doing some infrastructure work along the street in the near future, and so the repaving will wait until that work has been completed.

Paving on the eastern stretch of Church Avenue, between Gay Street and the Church Avenue viaduct, has proceeded as planned this past week and has now been completed.

Thanks for your interest in Downtown and the State Street Garage Expansion project.

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