Knoxville’s Assistant City Manager Dylan Feik reports that street and sidewalk repair projects planned for this summer are going well. Many of the repairs already completed are along the RAGBRAI® route, but were on the City’s repair plan before RAGBRAI’s decision was made.
East Pleasant is complete. Feik said the City wanted to ensure that the road was smooth and in great shape, given the amount of traffic it sees on a daily basis.
A project on West Larson has begun. When this is complete, crews will focus their repair work on areas most impacted by the Knoxville Nationals.
Among the work being done on sidewalks this year is the installation of several ramps, to assist the handicapped and others to get from the street to the sidewalk. Over 700 linear feet of curb cuts have been made to install over 100 such ramps.
The sewer project between the Knoxville Hospital and Clinics and Subway is progressing. Feik said the City wanted to make the area look nice, given the efforts KHC has made to improve the aesthetics in the area.
Water Street is almost done, though past the anticipated end date. The contractor is facing some liquidated damages because of the delay.
A sewer repair project is expected to begin on Washington, between Third and Fourth. Feik is contacting firms regarding dirt work to move the Young’s Park Miracle Playground forward. The City is also planning to line sewers in areas three and four of the City.
Feik said the number of projects and progress made in the City is due to outstanding staff and the community’s sense of volunteerism.
“A lot of people care about this community,” Feik said. “They are very engaged.”