Monday, September 15, 2014

Construction Projects Status - September 2014

2013 Citywide Crosswalk Safety Program Project
This project includes the removal and replacement of approximately 15,000 linear feet of crosswalks and approximately 6,800 linear feet of stop bars throughout the City.

Cross Park Drive Drainage Project
This project will construct approximately 3,300 linear feet of drainage improvements along Cross Park Drive between Park Village Road and Sinking Creek near Bridgewater Road.

2014 Curb Cuts Project
This project is coordinated with the Resurfacing Program to install new curb cuts on streets that are proposed for resurfacing.

Fort Dickerson Road Realignment Project
This project will realign Fort Dickerson Road with Woodlawn Pike at Chapman Highway and includes approximately 475 feet of new two lane road with sidewalk and signalization upgrades.

400 & 500 Blocks N. Gay Street Streetscapes Project
The  Downtown North Streetscape Improvement concept Plan was developed in 2009. The plan  identified North Gay St and North Central St as the primary corridors on which to focus infrastructure improvements in the area. In 2011 the planned improvements for the 300 & 600 blocks of North Gay St were executed.  Over the past year concept plans for the 500 block have been developed into construction plans and were put out for bid this Spring.

Glenwood Avenue Bridge Replacement Project
The Glenwood Avenue Bridge has been rated "Poor" by TDOT bridge inspectors in their bi-annual inventory. This project will contract with Twin K Construction to replace the bridge with a new, equivalently sized structure. The City of Knoxville previously hired Cannon & Cannon to provide professional services for the design, utility coordination and construction inspection services for the project.

Knox Blount Greenway Phase I Project
This project will include the construction of approximately 9,500 linear feet of asphalt greenway along the Tennessee River, a gabion wall and two pedestrian bridges.

Lakeshore Park Large Buildings Abatement and Demolition Project
This project consists of all hazardous materials abatement and demolition at nine large buildings and one smokestack.

Lakeshore Park Small Buildings Abatement and Demolition Project
This project consists of all hazardous materials abatement and demolition of eleven cottages.
View Current Construction Status of Lakeshore Park Small Buildings Abatement and Demolition Project [PDF]

Prosser Road Drainage Improvements Project
The Prosser Road Drainage Improvements Project consists of reconstruction of approximately 1,600 L.F. of Prosser Road between Knoxville Zoo Drive and E Magnolia Avenue to alleviate roadway flooding. Proposed work includes new asphalt pavement, concrete curb and gutter, concrete sidewalk, storm drain, pavement markings, and water line relocation.

2013 Resurfacing Project
This project is the City’s annual resurfacing program and includes approximately 43 equivalent miles of resurfacing citywide. Additionally, in compliance with the Supplemental Memorandum of Understanding and Agreement between the City of Knoxville and Knoxville Utilities Board, and at KUB’s request, 8 equivalent miles have been included for resurfacing streets that were damaged through their utility cuts.

2014 Resurfacing Project
This project is the City’s annual resurfacing program and includes approximately 45.64 equivalent miles of resurfacing citywide. Additionally, in compliance with the Supplemental Memorandum of Understanding and Agreement between the City of Knoxville and Knoxville Utilities Board, and at KUB’s request, 8.53 equivalent miles have been included for resurfacing streets that were damaged through their utility cuts.

2014 Sidewalk Improvements Project
This project will construct sidewalks on Montvue Road, Essary Drive, Myrtle Street and Wilder Place.

Sutherland Avenue Sidewalk Improvements Project
This project consists of construction of 792 linear feet of curb and gutter, sidewalks, curb cuts, any necessary drainage and grading work on the north side of Sutherland Avenue between Hollywood Road and Jade Road.

Suttree Landing Park Roadway Improvements, Phase 1A Project
This project consists of approximately 2,988 LF (0.56 miles) of new roadway construction north of Langford Avenue between Barber Street and Foggy Bottom Street with new asphalt pavement, concrete sidewalk, concrete curb, landscaping, rip-rap, tree plantings and irrigation, decorative street lighting, site furnishings, pavement markings, waterline, sewer and underground electrical utility construction and any necessary drainage work and other work necessary to complete the project as directed by the Engineer.


Design Projects Status - September 2014

Beverly Road Bridge Over White’s Creek Project
Designer:  Cannon & Cannon, Inc.
Projected Bid Date:  March 2015
Cannon & Cannon, Inc. will provide professional services for the replacement of two bridges that are eligible for funding under the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) State Aid Bridge Program. The bridges include Glenwood Drive over First Creek and Beverly Road over White’s Creek.

Bridge Rehabilitation Project (Sutherland Avenue and Ed Shouse Drive)
Designer:  CSR Engineering
Projected Bid Date:  Fall 2015
This project will consist of rehabilitating two existing bridges at the following locations:
1.) Sutherland Avenue over CSX Railroad (Approximately 1,450 feet east of N Concord Street)
2.) Ed Shouse Drive over CSX Railroad (Northbound Lanes Approximately 950 feet south of Western Avenue)

Cedar Lane Sidewalk Project
Designer:  City of Knoxville
Projected Bid Date:  TBD
This project will construct sidewalk on the south side of Cedar Lane from Pratt Road to Haynes Sterchi Road.

Cumberland Avenue Streetscapes Project – Phase I
Designer:  Vaughn & Melton Consulting Engineers, Inc.
Projected Bid Date:  September 2014
This project will narrow Cumberland Avenue from four lanes to three lanes with a ribbon median (one eastbound lane, one westbound lane and a left turn lane at side street intersections), increase the sidewalk area on each side of Cumberland Avenue and modify vehicular access to businesses in this location.  The project begins on the west at Third Creek and continues eastward to Twenty Second Street.

Cumberland Avenue Streetscapes Project – Phase II
Designer:  Vaughn & Melton Consulting Engineers, Inc.
Projected Bid Date:  September 2014
This project will narrow Cumberland Avenue from four lanes to three lanes with a ribbon median (one eastbound lane, one westbound lane and a left turn lane at side street intersections), increase the sidewalk area on each side of Cumberland Avenue and modify vehicular access to businesses in this location.  The project begins on the west at Twenty Second Street and continues eastward to east of Seventeenth Street.

First Creek Greenway Project
Designer:  Cannon & Cannon, Inc.
Projected Bid Date:  January 2015
Through an Enhancement grant received by the City of Knoxville, this project will construct a greenway along First Creek from E Woodland Avenue at N Broadway, cross N Broadway near Oglewood Avenue and proceed to Edgewood Park.

Fort Sanders Sidewalk Improvements Project
Designer:  City of Knoxville
Projected Bid Date:  March 2015
The City of Knoxville received a Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) grant for pedestrian improvements in the Ft. Sanders area. The improvements include sidewalk installation and replacement along various streets including: S. Nineteenth Street between Grand Avenue and Forest Avenue, S. Twentieth Street between Grand Avenue and Forest Avenue, S. Twenty First Street between Forest Avenue and Highland Avenue, S. Twenty Second Street between Forest Avenue and Highland Avenue, and S. Twenty Third Street between Forest Avenue and Highland Avenue.

Gay Street Streetscapes 700 Block Project
Designer:  Vaughn & Melton Consulting Engineers, Inc.
Projected Bid Date:  Spring 2015
This is the last remaining section of Gay Street that has not been brought up to current standards. This project will consist of replacing old, dilapidated sidewalks and roadway in the 700 block of Gay Street with a more functional roadway standard that better addresses the needs of traffic and pedestrians.

Grainger Avenue Bridge Repair Project
Designer:  Civic Information & Technologies
Projected Bid Date:  2015
This project will provide for the rehabilitation or replacement of the bridge at Grainger Avenue over First Creek.

Greenway Corridor Feasibility Study Project
Designer:  Ross / Fowler
Projected Bid Date:  TBD
This project will study twelve greenway corridors throughout the City to establish routes, phasing, funding, timelines, document design and environmental issues with implementing each project.  The twelve greenway corridors to be studied are: Connection from Jean Teague Greenway to Weisgarber Greenway, Connection from Weisgarber Greenway to Victor Ashe Greenway, Connection from Bearden Greenway to Weisgarber Greenway & Lakeshore Greenway, Greenway extension to Baxter  Avenue, Connection from Second Creek Greenway to First Creek Greenway, Connection from First Creek Greenway to Williams Creek Greenway & Knoxville Botanical Gardens, Greenway extension from Mineral Springs / Broadway to Edgewood Park, Greenway extension from Fulton High School to First Creek Greenway, Greenway extension from Caswell Park to Morningside Greenway, Connection from James White, Neyland & Morningside Greenways to Will Skelton Greenway & future South Waterfront Greenway, Connection from James White & Neyland Greenways to Holston River Greenway, Connection from Mary Vestal Greenway to Gary Underwood Park.

Holbrook Drive Bridge Replacement Project
Designer:  CDM Smith
Projected Bid Date:  October 2014
The City of Knoxville received Federal bridge replacement funds to make improvements to this overpass at Fountain Road in Fountain City. Improvements will include a new structure that will allow for better bridge clearance conditions as well as sidewalks and bike lanes on the bridge deck along Holbrook Drive.

I-275 Business Park Access Improvements Project
Designer:  CDM Smith
Projected Bid Date:  October 2015
The City of Knoxville is proposing to extend Blackstock Avenue approximately 1100 feet from Fifth Avenue to Bernard Avenue.  Additionally, the project will extend approximately 1,600 feet north along Marion Street to Baxter Avenue and approximately 325 feet east and 325 feet west along Baxter Avenue.  The proposed improvements will include a new two-lane road consisting of 11-foot travel lanes, curb and gutter, a 5-foot sidewalk and a ten-foot multipurpose trail from Fifth Avenue to Bernard Avenue.  Improvements will also be made to Marion Street from Bernard Avenue to Baxter Avenue, including the addition of curb and gutter, sidewalk and greenway and the realignment of Marion Street from Dameron Avenue to Baxter Avenue.  Minor intersection improvements are proposed for Fifth Avenue and Blackstock Avenue, Blackstock Avenue at Bernard Avenue and Marion Street and Marion Street at Baxter Avenue.

Jackson Avenue Ramps Project
Designer:  Vaughn & Melton Consulting Engineers, Inc.
Projected Bid Date:  Spring 2016
The Jackson Avenue Ramps are included within the TDOT Bridge Inventory and are inspected on a bi-annual basis.  The poor rating of the ramps resulted in qualification for participation in the federal bridge replacement program.  TDOT is allowing local agencies to administer projects that effect local streets.  Therefore, the City will administer all phases of this project including preliminary engineering, right-of-way and construction.

Jackson Avenue Streetscapes/Stabilization Project
Designer:  Vaughn & Melton Consulting Engineers, Inc.
Projected Bid Date:  Spring 2015
The project originated in 2005 through funding from a Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) High Priority Project for the Upper Second Creek/Old City Greenway, PIN 107380.00. The TDOT contract calls for the City of Knoxville to design and construct a pedestrian connection of approximately 2400 linear feet from the intersection of World’s Fair Park Drive and Grand Avenue to the intersection of Jackson Avenue and Gay Street. The HPP funding was distributed over a 5-year period beginning in 2005 at 20% per year.  The proposed project will accomplish the desired pedestrian connection and the streetscape improvements will encourage redevelopment along the Jackson Avenue corridor.

Kirkwood KAT Superstop Project
Designer:  City of Knoxville
Projected Bid Date:  March 2015
This project will replace sidewalks and improve the KAT bus stops on Kirkwood Street.

Merchant Drive at Clinton Highway Intersection Improvements Project
Designer:  Gresham Smith & Partners
Projected Bid Date:  2016
This project will consist of constructing intersection improvements to allow more efficient turning movements, additional storage for turning vehicles, and safer pedestrian crossings at the intersection of Merchant Drive and Clinton Highway.

Mineral Springs Bridge Replacement Project
Designer:  Alfred Benesch & Company
Projected Bid Date:  2015
This project will provide for the rehabilitation or replacement of the bridge at Mineral Springs Avenue over First Creek.

N. Central Streetscapes Project
Designer:  Vaughn & Melton Consulting Engineers, Inc.
Projected Bid Date:  January 2016
The purpose of the project includes a road diet and streetscape improvements along the N. Central Street corridor from Woodland Avenue to the railroad tracks just north of Jackson Avenue.  The project will reduce a 4-lane roadway section along N. Central and incorporate bike lanes, on-street parking and wider sidewalks as appropriate.  The funding for this project is the Federal Surface Transportation Program.  The total estimated cost for the project is $2,500,000.  TDOT is allowing local agencies to administer federally-funded projects that effect local streets.

2013 Neighborhood Drainage Project
Designer:  McGill Associates
Projected Bid Date:  Fall 2015
This project will address drainage issues at various sites throughout the City.  The sites for the 2013 Neighborhood Drainage Project include: First Creek Sediment Removal, Middlebrook Pike at Western Avenue, Lay Avenue, 901 Maryville Pike, Woods-Smith Road at Fawnwood Road / Solar Drive, 2200 Martha Berry Drive and Ellesmere Drive.

2014 Neighborhood Drainage Project – Phase I
Designer:  Fulghum, MacIndoe, & Associates, Inc.
Projected Bid Date:  September 2014
The project will address drainage issues at various sites throughout the City.  Possible candidates for improvements study include: Maplehurst Court, Cherokee Trail, Noelton Drive, N Cherry Street, W Glenwood Avenue, Elyria Drive at Central Avenue Pike, Upland Avenue at Whittle Springs Road, Boyd Street at Douglas Avenue, Branner Street, Clinch Avenue Viaduct, Autumnwood Detention Pond, Strong Alley and Fountain City Lake. 

2014 Neighborhood Drainage Project – Phase II
Designer:   Fulghum, MacIndoe, & Associates, Inc.
Projected Bid Date:  Fall 2015
This project will complete the improvements at the remaining sites listed in Phase I and including Forest Park Boulevard at Newcom Avenue.

Old City Streetscapes Project
Designer:  CDM Smith
Projected Bid Date:  Spring 2015
This project will provide improvements to Jackson Avenue from Patton Street to the end of the east ramp to Gay Street that will better accommodate pedestrians with the existing traffic patterns.

Pleasant Ridge Road at Sullivan Road Sidewalk Improvements Project
Designer:  Ragan-Smith Associates
Study Completion Date:  March 2015
This project will construct approximately 1,200 linear feet of sidewalk along Pleasant Ridge Road.

Pleasant Ridge Road at Wilson Road Sidewalk Project
Designer:  Barge Waggoner Sumner and Cannon, Inc.
Study Completion Date:  March 2015
This project will install new sidewalk along Pleasant Ridge Road from Wilson Road to I-640 on the north side of Pleasant Ridge Road

Ray Mears Boulevard Sidewalk Project
Designer:  City of Knoxville
Projected Bid Date:  Fall 2015
The project will construct approximately 330 linear feet of sidewalk along Ray Mears Boulevard at Downtown West Boulevard.

2015 Resurfacing Project
Designer: City of Knoxville
Projected Bid Date:  January 2015
This project is the City’s annual resurfacing program.

S. Castle Street Sidewalk Project
Designer:  KHAFRA Engineering Consultants
Projected Bid Date:  Fall 2015
The City of Knoxville received a Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Grant (CMAQ) grant for pedestrian improvements in the Park City neighborhood. This project will construct a missing sidewalk link along S Castle Street from Martin Luther King Jr Avenue to Claude Walker Park at Wilson Avenue.

2014 Sidewalk Replacement Project
Designer:  City of Knoxville
Projected Bid Date:  February 2015
This project will replace sidewalks at locations throughout the City that have been submitted for consideration and previously rated.

Suttree Landing Park, Phase 1B Project
Designer:  Cannon & Cannon, Inc.
Projected Bid Date:  October 2014
This project has been separated from the Waterfront Drive, Phase 1A Project so that TVA permit issues can be addressed while Waterfront Drive, Phase 1A Project construction begins.

W. Young High Sidewalk Project
Designer:  City of Knoxville
Projected Bid Date:  Fall 2015
This project includes new sidewalk construction to extend the existing sidewalk on the south side of West Young High Pike to Higgins Avenue.

Washington Pike from I-640 to Murphy Road Project
Designer:  CDM Smith
Projected Bid Date:  July 2016
Washington Pike, north from Interstate 640 to Murphy Road is proposed as a four-lane facility with a raised median. This section consists of four traffic lanes (two in each direction), curb and gutter, sidewalks, and bike lanes.  The project length of is approximately 1.73 miles (9130 feet).  The proposed typical section is expected to include four 11' traffic lanes with median and turn lanes as required, 4' bike lanes, curb and gutter, 5' sidewalks with adjacent utility strip on both sides of the road, and some combination of storm water treatment (infiltration trenches, detention, basins, etc) that will be designed to address the city's requirements for storm water management.

Westland Drive Bridge Replacement Project
Designer:  Vaughn & Melton Consulting Engineers, Inc.
Projected Bid Date:  September 2014
This project includes the widening of the bridge on Westland Drive over a tributary to Fourth Creek near Craigland Court and constructing a new drainage system from this bridge along the north side of Westland Drive upstream near Craig Road, widen the bridge on Westland Drive over a tributary to Fourth Creek near Sherwood Drive and improve Westland Drive near Rotherwood Drive by improving the roadway shoulders.

Wilkerson Road Bridge Replacement Project
Designer:  Smith Seckman Reid, Inc.
Projected Bid Date:  February 2015
The City of Knoxville submitted a request for proposals for Professional Services to design a replacement for the Wilkerson Road Bridge over a tributary to Third Creek.  This bridge received a rating of ‘Poor’ on the last bridge inspection by the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT).  After evaluating proposals from ten consulting firms, Smith Seckman Reid, Inc. was chosen as the most qualified firm.  The work covered by this contract includes site survey, the preparation of Construction Plans and Bid Documents, and assistance during the construction of recommended improvements.

Woodlawn Pike Sidewalk Project
Designer:  City of Knoxville
Projected Bid Date:  Fall 2015
The project will construct approximately 370 linear feet of sidewalk along Woodlawn Pike at Galbraith School Road.


Recently Completed Projects

Cherokee Trail Drainage Improvements Project
The planned improvements to Cherokee Trail include drainage improvements just east of Cherokee Bluff Drive, traffic operational and safety improvements by installing and/or upgraded signage, enhanced pavement markings and installation/replacement of guardrails in accordance with a safety study performed by Cannon & Cannon, Inc., entitled “Cherokee Trail Safety Improvement Study”.  The improvements also include the resurfacing of Cherokee Trail from Cherokee Bluff Drive to Scottish Pike.  These improvements are funded through the City’s Neighborhood Drainage Program, the City’s Resurfacing Program and an approved Fiscal Year 2012/2013 Capital Improvement Project designated for the Cherokee Trail Safety Improvements.

Cherokee Trail Safety Improvements Project
The planned improvements to Cherokee Trail include drainage improvements just east of Cherokee Bluff Drive, traffic operational and safety improvements by installing and/or upgraded signage, enhanced pavement markings and installation/replacement of guardrails in accordance with a safety study performed by Cannon & Cannon, Inc., entitled “Cherokee Trail Safety Improvement Study”.  The improvements also include the resurfacing of Cherokee Trail from Cherokee Bluff Drive to Scottish Pike.  These improvements are funded through the City’s Neighborhood Drainage Program, the City’s Resurfacing Program and an approved Fiscal Year 2012/2013 Capital Improvement Project designated for the Cherokee Trail Safety Improvements.

City View Riverwalk Extension Project
The Departments of Engineering and Redevelopment have worked in cooperation to implement the construction of this Federal Transportation Enhancement Program grant project.  The project will extend the existing Cityview Riverwalk from its terminus at Rocky Shore Lane, south 300 feet along the river, then to the east approximately 300 feet to connect to the existing sidewalk system along W Blount Avenue that was upgraded with the recently completed streetscape project.

Greenway Drive Bridge Repair Project 
This project will provides for the rehabilitation or replacement of the bridge at Greenway Drive over First Creek.

Inskip Ballfield – Second Creek Restoration Project
This project will construct 1,250 linear feet of stream bank stabilization and habitat improvements along Second Creek at the Inskip BallField.

Loves Creek Road Bridge Rehabilitation Project
This project will consist of repairing and updating the substandard features of an existing slab bridge over a branch of Loves Creek approximately 1,400 south of Buffat Mill Road.

Millertown Pike Roadway Improvements Project
This project consists of widening Millertown Pike to a 3-lane section from Kinzel Way to Loves Creek Road. The new roadway cross section will accommodate three 12 foot wide lanes with one of them being a two-way left turn lane. The project will include curb and gutter, a  sidewalk along the west side, extension of the existing bridge to provide shoulders, improvements to the bridge rail and installation of guard rail along Millertown Pike near Loves Creek.

2012 Sidewalk Replacement Project
This project will remove and replace 173,000 square feet of sidewalk at over thirty sites throughout the City of Knoxville.

Site Development Detention Pond Improvement Projects
The Engineering Department pulled the bonds on three different developments around the City of Knoxville after the developers abandoned the developments prior to completion of proposed improvements.  These three developments include Far View Hills, the Villas at Forest Brook, and Kenilworth Square.  This project will use the bond money to make necessary alterations to bring the detention ponds in these developments up to City of Knoxville requirements.

Third Creek Greenway Bridge Replacement Project
This project includes the construction of approximately 510 linear feet of greenway, concrete bridge abutments, resurfacing of the existing trail and the installation of a prefabricated bridge.

Williams Creek Drainage Improvements Project
An inadequate stormwater system contributes to periodic flooding along Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue.  The stormwater system is parallel with the roadway and drains to Williams Creek via a cross drain on S. Castle Street at Ashland Drive. To upgrade this system, the existing sidewalks, curb line, roadway, water and gas mains within the limits of the project will also be affected. This contract provides for construction services to upgrade the storm system along Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue from S. Beaman Street to S. Castle Street and along S. Castle Street to Ashland Drive as well as replace all the affected infrastructure.

E. Woodland Avenue Sidewalk Project
This project will construct two missing links of new sidewalk along E. Woodland Avenue. The first missing link is along the north side of E. Woodland Avenue between N. Central Street and Cornelia Street. The second missing link is along the north side of E. Woodland Avenue between West Glenwood Avenue and Huron Street.