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 - Jan. 21-Jan. 31

Crews will continue the installation of a new 10-inch gravity sewer line along Earnest Street as well as finishing up an 18-inch sewerline installation on West Watauga Avenue in the coming weeks. Other work taking place includes the installation of new stormwater piping work along Sevier Street. 

This work will impact traffic flow in the following areas:

  • Earnest Street – Ashe Street to West Walnut Street (week of Jan. 24) and West Walnut Street to West Maple Street (week of Jan. 31).
  • West Watauga Avenue - single lane, one-direction entry from West State of Franklin Road to West Walnut Street the week of Jan. 24.
  • West Walnut Street – West Watauga Avenue to Southwest Avenue.

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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