From Friday, July 11, to Friday, July 25, the city of Knoxville will begin repaving work, which will reduce several roads around campus to one lane.
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The new volleyball practice facility is being named the “Joan Cronan Volleyball Practice Facility” after Cronan, who spent three decades working for UT Athletics. The Board of Trustees approved the action on Thursday. Construction on the facility will be completed for the fall 2014 season.
With summer school and new student orientation well underway, construction and beautification projects are in full swing throughout campus. Dave Irvin, associate vice chancellor for Facilities Services, said the university plans months ahead to take best advantage of the reduced campus population in June and July. A large focus is placed on sprucing up classrooms, buildings, and grounds. Extensive work is being performed in key academic buildings.
Work will start Thursday, June 19, to relocate an accessible pedestrian ramp on the north side of Joe Johnson Drive on the Agriculture Campus.
In the early-morning hours during student orientation sessions this summer, traffic on a section of Melrose Avenue between Hodges Library and Tyson Alumni House will be redirected eastbound toward Volunteer Boulevard.
A portion of Middle Drive will be blocked from 7:00 a.m. to noon on Thursday, June 12, while work is done on air conditioning units on two buildings. During the road closure, vehicles will be able to turn around in the loading dock area of SERF, and motorists will still have access to parking at Perkins Hall and the bus stop. Beginning after 5:00 p.m. Thursday, Tee Martin Drive and Estabrook Road will be closed near Neyland Stadium and Berry Hall for approximately two hours as crews work on fire alarm wiring in the stadium.
Beginning Tuesday, June 10, a portion of the sidewalk on the east side of Volunteer Boulevard near the entrance of the Haslam Business Building on the south side of the Pedestrian Walkway will close temporarily for work related to the new student union. The work is expected to last approximately three weeks.
During New Student Orientation session, traffic will be reversed on Melrose Avenue from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. on the dates listed below, flowing from Hodges Library to Volunteer Boulevard. UT Police Officers will be on hand to direct traffic.
A major utility upgrade has closed a portion of traffic lanes on Cumberland Avenue. The university’s steam line, which crosses Cumberland Avenue, is being upgraded. Work crews are relocating water, gas, and sewer lines before the steam line work begins. During the first phase of work, one lane of Cumberland Avenue between Eleventh and Thirteenth streets will be closed Monday through Friday between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. The project is set to be complete by mid-August.
This summer, the Staff 9 lot west of Neyland Stadium will close for refurbishment. The first phase of work starts early in the morning on Monday, May 12, with the closing of all of the parking lot except for Margaret’s Alley, located behind the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences Building.