Starting this week and continuing through the end of fall, more than 6 miles of downtown City streets will be repaved.


The $600,000 combined investment by the City of Knoxville and Knoxville Utilities Board in new asphalt is being coordinated to coincide with KUB’s near completion of its Downtown Century II Utilities Upgrade project. KUB has replaced and upgraded utility infrastructure from the Tennessee River north to Jackson Avenue – some of it in service since the 1800s – about six months ahead of schedule.


“The coordination maximizes efficiency, both in terms of stewardship of taxpayer dollars and time,” said City Engineering Director Jim Hagerman. “It made sense to finish the underground utility work and then do the resurfacing work. This way, we’ve avoided the waste of repaving a street, then tearing it up for utility work, then repaving it again.


“We appreciate KUB finishing these major upgrades ahead of schedule. Once we’re finished with the repaving, downtown streets will be in excellent shape and will remain that way for at least another decade.”


Most of downtown will be resurfaced, including portions or all of these streets:


  • South Central Street;
  • Church Avenue;
  • Clinch Avenue;
  • Commerce Avenue;
  • Cumberland Avenue;
  • Front Avenue;
  • South Gay Street;
  • Henley Street;
  • Hill Avenue;
  • Locust Street;
  • Main Street;
  • Maplehurst Court;
  • Poplar Street;
  • State Street;
  • Summit Hill Drive;
  • Summer Place;
  • Union Avenue; and
  • Walnut Street.