Knoxville — Despite today's snowfall, Knoxville Assistant City Manager Dylan Feik reports that work will resume tomorrow (Tuesday, March 25) morning on the downtown streetscape and infrastructure project.
Feik tells the Journal-Express that the cold and wet weather slows progress, but does not really impact the project overall. He reported that Hawkeye Paving is planning to work on days like today because they want to get as much work as possible completed this year.
"They are working at a much faster pace than last year and we (City) are extremely pleased," Feik wrote in an e-mail message. "I think they took today off because they were busy over the weekend (mostly Saturday) and decided to rest their team. On these kinds of days, they typically work on purchase orders, pay estimates, project coordination, etc. Although the public doesn’t see us outside, we’re still working on the project and will be until it’s complete."
A great deal of work underground, which the public cannot see, has already been done. As a reminder, the bulk of the expense related to this project is tied to necessary infrastructure improvements below the surface.
"Since last week, they replaced over 200 feet of storm sewer, installed several manhole structures, replaced over 50 feet of sanitary sewer (including 3 private services), and closed/removed 5 vaults (see attached picture). There are multiple crews working on the project and they are really blowing through this block of the project," Feik added.