The West Walnut Street Corridor Redevelopment Plan is a $33 million investment that will lay the foundation for the revitalization of the area that connects East Tennessee State University to downtown.
The existing road will be removed and replaced with a new design which will include upgrades to water and sewer lines and storm drains. The new, pedestrian-friendly roadway will include sidewalks on both sides, on-street parking and a bike lane. The design of the roadway will include traffic calming measures such as raised intersections and slight curves.
The intersection of West Walnut Street and University Parkway will be converted to a right-in-right-out configuration and a street extension will be constructed at Cherokee Street to connect West Walnut Street to State of Franklin Road. A new signal will be installed at Pine Street and University Parkway. Public, accessible greenspaces are included in the plan to aid in the best management of stormwater and serve as gathering places for people living in or visiting the City of Johnson City.
To view the plan in its entirety, please visit West Walnut Street Corridor Redevelopment Plan.
Project UPDATE - Dec. 2-10
Underground infrastructure work is continuing in the West Walnut Street area. Overnight work at the intersection of West State of Franklin Road and West Watauga Avenue will begin tonight (Dec. 2) at 7 p.m. and end tomorrow (Dec. 3) at 7 a.m. Crews will be back in the same area for overnight work on Monday, Dec. 6 and at the intersection of West Walnut Street and West Watauga Avenue on Tuesday, Dec. 7. This work will require a lane closure on West State of Franklin Road and disrupt traffic flow intermittently.
Other infrastructure work will impact the following streets during the day for the next 10 days:
- West Watauga Avenue and Ashe Streets – intermittent closures
- Sevier Street – closed between Lynn and West Walnut streets
- Ernest and Campbell streets – closed
- Sevier Street and West Walnut Street intersection – intermittent lane shifts
- West Watauga Avenue and West Walnut Street intersection – intermittent lane shifts
Drivers who cannot avoid these areas should expect delays, use caution in the construction zone, and observe posted speed limits for their safety and the safety of workers.
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