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A two-year City of Knoxville project to reconstruct the Cumberland Avenue corridor through the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, campus is underway.

The project is beginning with utility work in the westbound lanes of Cumberland Avenue and portions of side streets between West Volunteer Boulevard and Twenty-Second Street.

Motorists should anticipate closed lanes from West Volunteer Boulevard to Twenty-First Street to allow for a one-block tapering of traffic.

One lane of traffic will be maintained in each direction, shifted into the existing eastbound lanes.

The Cumberland Avenue Corridor Project is a City of Knoxville initiative to redesign Cumberland Avenue from Alcoa Highway east to Seventeenth Street, changing the existing four-lane street to a three-lane street with a raised median and left-turn lanes at intersections. Sidewalks will be widened and landscaped, and utilities buried, to create a more attractive, pedestrian-friendly corridor.

The first phase, from Alcoa Highway to Twenty-Second Street, will be completed by the end of 2015. The second phase, from Twenty-Second Street to just east of Seventeenth Street, is scheduled for completion in August 2017.

For information on the project, visit the project website.

For the latest on campus construction projects, visit the Cone Zone.