Thursday, January 17, 2013

State Street Garage Update- January 17, 2013

PLEASE NOTE: The public meeting scheduled for 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17th, on the State Street Garage project has been canceled. It will be rescheduled for a later date. Thank you for any help you can provide in spreading the word.

Also, remember that State Street will be closed beginning Sunday. The crane needed to lift the precast concrete pieces should be arriving then. With the Holiday falling on Monday, this timing is still somewhat flexible as we have directed the Contractor to only close off the garage and the street as needed. One lane of Clinch Avenue will also be closed and the entrances and exits to the State Street Garage on both Clinch Avenue and State Street will be closed at that time. The only entrance to the garage for vehicular traffic will be on Union Avenue. Parking in the garage will only be allowed for monthly parkers. Other downtown visitors and cinema patrons will be directed to use the surface parking lot located off of Union Avenue between State Street and S. Central Street. Pedestrians using this lot will be directed to the western sidewalk along State Street to reach Gay Street by either the Union Avenue sidewalk, the newly constructed temporary stairwell, or the elevator. The eastern sidewalk along State Street by the garage will also be closed at this time. One lane of traffic on State Street will reopen nights and weekends unless additional work is needed for the project. The crane will start on the south end of State Street and proceed north. Additional time will be needed when the crane reaches the Union Avenue area to place the new overpass in position.
The upper deck of the garage will be completely closed off as well as some of the additional parking spaces for this phase of construction. Folks will be on site to direct both traffic and pedestrians. Please be very mindful of all signage, flaggers, and other personal onsite. These folks are there to help you arrive safely at your destination.
This work is scheduled for completion for this phase by March 5, 2013. The next phase will take place on S. Central Street.
We apologize for any inconvenience with the meeting cancellation for tonight. There are multiple meeting conflicts tonight and with the possible weather issues we decided to reschedule to another date.
Thanks for your patience and interest in this project and in Downtown Knoxville.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me at 865-215-3837.

Rick Emmett
Downtown Coordinator
City of Knoxville

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