October 27, 2005 - The Gay Street viaduct,
which spans the Norfolk Southern railroad yard and connects Jackson
Avenue to Depot Avenue, will be closed beginning Tuesday, Nov. 1 for
The 86-year-old viaduct will be dismantled and a new concrete
viaduct built at the same location. The new viaduct will also include
about 50 parking places and sidewalks. Construction is expected
to be completed by Dec. 1, 2006.
During the closure, detour signs will direct traffic traveling
northbound on Gay Street to turn left onto Jackson, right onto Broadway
and then right onto Depot Avenue to return to Gay Street. Southbound
traffic on Gay Street will be directed to turn right onto Depot
Avenue, left onto Broadway, and left onto Summit Hill Drive to return
to Gay Street.
The Jackson Avenue ramps will be one-way, each away from Gay Street.
Parking is not allowed on the viaduct beginning Friday, October
28. A surface parking lot on Jackson Street is available for monthly
parkers. To make a reservation, fax Steve Cheatham, at the Public
Building Authority, 215-2698 or email him at email@example.com.
KAT Web Site
|Route 13 - Beaumont
Route 14 - College Street
Route 20 A/B/C - Central Ave.
Route 21 - Lincoln Park
Route 23 - Fairmont Boulevard
Route 31 - Magnolia Ave.
Late Line Trolley Old City
KAT bus routes that will detour include, Route 13 - Beaumont; Route
14 - College Street; Route 20 A/B/C - Central Avenue; Route 21 -
Lincoln Park; Route 23 - Fairmont Boulevard; and Route 31 - Magnolia
Avenue. The downtown detour for these outbound Gay Street buses
will be a left turn on Summit Hill to Broadway.
KAT passengers who normally use the Music Park stop on Gay Street
or the corner of Gay Street and Magnolia Avenue should pick up the
bus on Gay Street south of Summit Hill Drive or at Broadway and
The Late Line Trolley, operating through the Old City on Friday
and Saturday evenings, will reverse the Old City routing due to
the Jackson Avenue ramp closings, and will pick up passengers on
the southwest corner of Central and Jackson.
Replacement of the Gay Street viaduct is necessary because inspectors
have rated the structure in poor condition. The City of Knoxville
is paying 20 percent of the $4.7 million project, with federal funds
administered by the Tennessee Department of Transportation paying
the remainder. TDOT is serving as project manager.