Work Schedule Altered for Henley Street Pedestrian Bridge Improvements

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Kristin Farley
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Knoxville, TN 37902

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Work Schedule Altered for Henley Street Pedestrian Bridge Improvements

Posted: 11/13/2015
The schedule has changed for installation of new interior and exterior lighting to the Henley Street pedestrian bridge and for resealing the deck of the bridge. Temporary lane closures on Henley Street are now set to start at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17.

The week-long 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. night-time work and lane closures had been slated to begin Monday evening, Nov. 16. However, the lane closures have been pushed back a day due to an anticipated large turnout at a Monday evening event with presidential candidate Donald Trump at the Knoxville Convention Center. The event was added to the Convention Center schedule this week, after the pedestrian bridge work had been initially set.

In addition, safety concerns and construction requirements are prompting an around-the-clock closure of the pedestrian bridge across Henley Street, but the bridge will remain open Monday evening for the Trump event. 

The pedestrian bridge will close at 6 a.m. Monday as crews prepare to install the new lighting and clean the bridge deck, then will reopen at 4 p.m. Monday to accommodate guests attending the Trump event. The pedestrian bridge will close again at 6 a.m. Tuesday and remain closed the rest of next week.

The bridge improvements are part of a larger $2.7 million infrastructure upgrade that is enhancing the experience of pedestrians approaching World’s Fair Park and the Knoxville Convention Center from two sides.

The improvements will better connect Fort Sanders, World’s Fair Park and downtown while providing covered access from area hotels and parking garages to the Knoxville Convention Center.

Included in the project are new canopies connecting the Convention Center and the Holiday Inn, at the intersection of Locust Street and Clinch Avenue, and next to the Hilton garage, as well as streetscape improvements to the Clinch Avenue Viaduct.