A sinkhole on the University of Tennessee agriculture campus has closed a road and affected the campus shuttle bus route. The sinkhole was discovered over the weekend on Service Drive behind the Plant Biotech Building.
Several changes and additions have been made to UT’s parking inventory for fall semester in order to accommodate students, faculty, and staff during campus construction.
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.
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.
New traffic signals have been installed at the intersection of Volunteer Boulevard and Peyton Manning Pass. The signals will help control the flow of campus traffic following the permanent closing of Andy Holt Avenue near the University Center. Motorists accessing the Staff 9 lot across the street from Neyland Stadium should enter the lot via Peyton Manning Pass.
Consulting engineers have determined that exterior repair work is needed on all four corners of McClung Tower, according to Associate Vice Chancellor for Facilities Services Dave Irvin. Workers discovered last month that a large section of concrete had separated from the bottom of McClung Tower’s second floor, on the west side of the building. The area will remain cordoned off as the university works to bid the job, which will be classified as an emergency repair.
The “Money Wall,” the line of automatic teller machines on the side of the University Center parking garage, will close as early as Wednesday in preparation for the demolition of the parking garage—the first step in the construction of a new Student Union.
Facilities Services has cordoned off large sections of the Humanities Plaza as structural engineers evaluate the needed repairs to McClung Tower. Workers discovered Monday that a large section of concrete had separated from the bottom of the building’s second floor. The brick and concrete need to be repaired as soon as possible but building use remains unchanged.
By the end of the week, parking meters along Phillip Fulmer Way should be gone and work started to convert most of those spaces to commuter parking. The university has taken ownership of Phillip Fulmer Way, Peyton Manning Pass and Tee Martin Drive. The streets previously were owned by the city of Knoxville.