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.
The City of Johnson City solicited bids for the project in mid-March with a submission deadline of April 27. The Board of Commissioners awarded the contract to Summers-Taylor, Inc. on June 17. Construction is anticipated to begin Aug. 1 and will last approximately two years.
Updates will be posted to this page as they are available. If you would like to receive email updates regarding this project, please email your request to Ann Marie French.