Significant improvements to the Knoxville campus are underway and will continue throughout this next year, thanks to $11 million from the state for capital maintenance projects, storm insurance settlements, and $12.5 million in campus funds. Campus funds had already been designated to accelerate plans for addressing sorely needed repairs to many campus buildings. State funds will help the university address even more of its deferred maintenance needs and make needed repairs and renovations to more campus buildings.
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A section of Melrose Avenue in front of Hess Hall and Hodges Library will close from Thursday, July 26, to Friday, August 3, for repaving and site enhancements.
The News Sentinel reports that UT has been ratcheting up its construction projects across campus this summer: $16.5 million in campus and state funding, plus insurance settlements from the 2011 hailstorm, will pay to replace or repair as many as 100 roofs, including Andy Holt Tower, Ceramics Annex, Kingston Pike Building and Biosystems Engineering and Soil Sciences Office Building.
The beloved Rock on the UT campus will be fenced off for approximately one month beginning today. The campus landmark, located at the corner of Volunteer Boulevard and Pat Summitt Street, will be blocked off for its own protection—and that of would-be painters—while crews perform necessary work around the Natalie L. Haslam Music Center. The Rock and its new surrounding sidewalks are expected to reopen before students return to campus.
Peyton Manning Pass will be closed most of next week to through traffic for milling and paving. The work will commence at 7:30 a.m. on Monday, July 2, and is scheduled to continue through Thursday, July 5. The Peyton Manning Pass work will coincide with the closure of most of Staff Lot 9 which will be unavailable July 2–9 while workers conduct a series of archaeological digs beneath the parking lot.
Almost all of Staff Lot 9 west of Neyland Stadium will be closed from July 2 through July 9, as workers conduct a series of archaeological digs beneath the parking lot. The excavations are part of preparing the site for the construction of a proposed parking garage.
Starting this Wednesday and continuing for the next two weeks, traffic will be slow along a section of Volunteer Boulevard in front of Hodges Library, the pedestrian walkway, and Claxton Education Building.
Road paving operations in the Fort Sanders neighborhood will begin Wednesday, May 30. The work will take approximately two weeks to complete. During this time, all vehicles that are parked on the affected city streets will be towed. The streets include: Bridge Avenue, Forest Avenue, Fourteenth Street, Highland Avenue, James Agee Street, Laurel Avenue, Sixteenth Street, Twelfth Street, and White Avenue.
The ongoing Student Union construction and the beginning of a new residence hall will soon prompt the closing and re-routing of several roads and parking lots for the summer. The temporary closures, all set to begin on May 28, will significantly impact the Hill.
A desire to improve learning and foster more student interaction is driving the renovations of the Humanities and Social Sciences Building. The work is already under way and will kick into high gear once the spring semester ends. It will continue through the summer.