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 - FEB. 3
Work related to the storm drain connection between Earnest Street and Founders Park continues next week. Placing this connection will require tunneling under the railroad tracks and an open cut across State of Franklin Road. The tunneling work is expected to begin the week of Feb. 13. There will be some lane closures of State of Franklin Road in the near future but at least one lane in each direction will remain open. As a result of this work, some areas of Founders Park (including the walking path closest to the railroad tracks) will remain closed to accommodate the construction.
Contractors are continuing to install street light and communications conduit along Ashe Street. Contractors are continuing work on the roadway excavation, stone base and curb and gutter along Ashe and Campbell streets. This work may require intermittent road closures. Stormwater work will also continue along Ashe and West Walnut streets.
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. Drivers are asked to reduce their speed to limit dust in the area.
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