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Public meeting Thursday to discuss Cumberland Ave. plans

Big changes are coming to the Cumberland Avenue Strip, but first this area will under go a two-year reconstruction project.

The community will get a chance to see and discuss plans for Cumberland Avenue with city leaders at the University of Tennessee Visitors Center on Neyland Drive at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

Staff from the city, contractors and KUB will be on hand to talk about the timeline and how the project will affect traffic along the strip over the next two years.

Utility-related construction is slated to begin Monday.

The city's plan is to redesign Cumberland Avenue from Alcoa Highway, east to 17th Street, changing the existing four-lane street into a three-lane cross section with a raised median and left-turn lanes at intersections. The city will also widen and landscape sidewalks and bury utilities. The goal is to create a more attractive, pedestrian-friendly corridor for this section of highway.

The city has created a website and Facebook page for updates on the project and traffic information for drivers. There is also a blog, which provides additional information.


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