West Walnut Street Plan

West Walnut Plan

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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.

WestWalnutConceptArt2-WebProject UPDATE - OCT. 11 - 15

Crews will be installing new sewer lines on West State of Franklin Road next week as part of the West Walnut Street Redevelopment Project. The work is expected to begin Monday, Oct. 11 and be completed Friday, Oct. 15. Motorists can expect lane closures, minor detours, and delays during the day as well as in the overnight hours. 

The following impacts to traffic will take place in the area between West Watauga Avenue and Buffalo Street:

•  Lane closures in both directions of travel will be in place 24 hours a day. 
•  Between the hours of 7 p.m.-7 a.m., as needed, a detour will send eastbound traffic around the work area. Signage will be in place. 
•  The center turn lane will be closed. 
•  Drivers entering West State of Franklin Road from Sevier Street must turn left.
•  Drivers entering West State of Franklin Road from Commerce Street must turn right.
•  The sidewalk/trail along West State of Franklin Road in this area will also be impacted. 

Drivers who cannot avoid the area 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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