Two Blocks of Cumberland Ave. to be Closed Dec. 28-Jan. 5

Communications Director

Kristin Farley
(865) 215-2589

400 Main St., Room 691
Knoxville, TN 37902

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Two Blocks of Cumberland Ave. to be Closed Dec. 28-Jan. 5

Posted: 12/22/2015
Detour for Dec. 28-Jan 5Two blocks of Cumberland Avenue between 17th and 19th streets will be closed for eight days beginning Monday, Dec. 28, to allow for the installation of an underground electrical line.

The closure is scheduled to begin at 6 a.m. on Dec. 28 and continue until 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016. Vehicle traffic will be detoured to Clinch Avenue between 17th and 19th streets. Pedestrian access to businesses along Cumberland Avenue will be maintained throughout.

The electrical line will carry power from a Knoxville Utilities Board substation at Dale Avenue to the Cumberland Avenue area and beyond. It will allow the removal of overhead power lines along Cumberland Avenue, part of the City’s overall $17 million reconstruction of the corridor.

The Cumberland Avenue project, scheduled to be completed in August 2017, will change the existing four-lane street on the eastern end of the corridor to a three-lane cross section with a raised median and left-turn lanes at intersections between 22nd Street and 17th Street.

Phase I work on the western end of Cumberland, between the Alcoa Highway ramps and 22nd Street, is coming to an end – on time and on budget. Phase II is under way.

More information about the project is available at, on the Cumberland Connect Facebook page,, and on the Cumberland Connect phone app.