Two City Roadway Improvement Projects to Begin Monday

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Kristin Farley
(865) 215-2589

400 Main St., Room 691
Knoxville, TN 37902

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Two City Roadway Improvement Projects to Begin Monday

Posted: 08/12/2016
Crews will begin work on two separate City roadway projects on Monday, Aug. 15, leading to the road closure of a portion of Hill Avenue and limited lane closures on Weisgarber Road.

The section of Hill Avenue between Hall of Fame Drive and State Street is scheduled to be closed for 60 calendar days beginning Monday to repair expansion joints on the Hill Avenue Viaduct. 

Though vehicular traffic will not be able to pass through the closed section, pedestrians will be able to access the sidewalk on one side of the viaduct.

For Hill Avenue Viaduct construction detours:

• Eastbound traffic: Detour north at State Street, turning east onto Church Avenue, south onto Hall of Fame Drive to return to Hill Avenue at the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame. 

• Westbound traffic: Detour north at Hall of Fame Drive, turning west onto Church Avenue, and south onto Gay Street to access Hill Avenue just before the Gay Street Bridge.

• Dwight Kessel Garage: Drivers will be able to access the garage by entering Hill Avenue from Gay Street. Access to State Street will be open from Hill Avenue (accessed via Gay Street).

The City has contracted McKinnon Construction Co., Inc. for the $135,000 Hill Avenue Viaduct project.

Additionally, City crews will begin repaving Weisgarber Road between Papermill Road and Middlebrook Pike, resulting in temporary lane closures. Roadwork for the Weisgarber project will take place between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. and is anticipated to be completed in one week under cooperative weather conditions. 

City Engineering spends an estimated $5 million annually in routine road resurfacing projects.

For more information on City Engineering projects, please call 311 or visit