Our work on the 200 Block of S. Gay Street is proceeding as we have planned. Most of the utility work is being completed. We had a little work in the intersection of Vine Avenue but were able to keep at least one lane of Vine Avenue open at all times. The next phase of work over the next week or so will involve hauling in rock for the finish grade and then hopefully pouring concrete in two weeks. We believe we can have the new sidewalk and possibly the new roadway in place by the first week of December and finish up the eastern sidewalk by Christmas.
You probably have noticed the Treble Clef statue being removed today. My understanding is that a new statue will be commissioned possibly using some of the old trolley rails. The Treble Clef will hopefully be restored and back in place at the Knoxville Arboretum.
If you have been anywhere near the sidewalk on the western side of the 100 Block of S. Gay Street near Jackson Avenue, you may have noticed the stringline markings and other details placed there in anticipation of the work in a couple of weeks. Work is going on underground there around the old columns and we are also pumping in concrete and bringing in the stone needed to restore the old sidewalk underground. Everyone is anxious to get started here and I will be blogging more about this soon.
It is First Friday tomorrow night and an exciting Woodworkers Exhibit is going on at the Emporium which is sure to bring in a lot of folks. The Contractor has been allowing the artists to offload their exhibits this week. The weather is supposed to be very nice so I hope folks can come down and enjoy the shops and restaurants on the 100 Block of S. Gay Street.
Unarmed Merchants, Nama, and Havana Nights have all been particularly impacted by our construction so please patronize them if you can.
Congratulations to our five new Council members, Nick Pavlis, Duane Grieve, Brenda Palmer, Daniel Brown, and Nick Della Volpe. I have been privileged to work with some of these fine folks in the past and look forward to working with all of them in the future.
Unfortunately, I have still not been able to get back to my everyday work but am hopeful that everything will get back to normal soon.
Thanks for your interest.