Work associated with both the Cumberland Avenue reconstruction and the building of The Standard apartment complex will prompt several road closures in the Cumberland Avenue Corridor, starting today.



From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today through Friday, Sept. 18, anticipate intermittent short-term partial closures on a section of 17th Street near White Avenue and Clinch Avenue as underground utilities are mapped out in preparation of new traffic signals being installed.


Then, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17, a section of White Avenue between 17th and 18th streets will be closed due to work associated with construction of The Standard, a 240-plus-unit apartment complex being built on the southwest corner of 17th Street and White Avenue. (The daytime closure will limit after-hour noise.)

All next week – from Monday, Sept. 21, through Sunday, Sept. 27 – a section of North 22nd Street will be closed between Cumberland Avenue and the driveways to Exxon and the Cook Out to accommodate installation of a 30-inch storm drain across North 22nd Street. During the closure, there will be no access to or from 22nd Street on the north side of Cumberland Avenue, but traffic flow on Cumberland itself will not be affected. The Exxon and Cook Out will have entrances to their parking lots open from 22nd Street. The sidewalk will be open on the east side of N. 22nd Street. (The closure is scheduled for a full week this week to take advantage of the University of Tennessee playing football at the University of Florida, thus avoiding closing the street on days near a home game in Knoxville.)


The stormwater upgrade is part of the City of Knoxville’s $17 million reconstruction of Cumberland, which will modernize aging infrastructure and change 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 utility lines relocated, to create a more attractive, safer, pedestrian-friendly corridor.