HISTORIC DOWNTOWN

SEVIERVILLE

STREETSCAPE PROJECT

© 2016-2019 BY VAUGHN & MELTON CONSULTING ENGINEERS

PROJECT ENGINEERS: VAUGHN & MELTON

PROJECT CONTRACTORS:  BLALOCK CONSTRUCTION, INC.

Two-week Look Ahead

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

The current phase of utility installation is wrapping up over the next two weeks on Bruce Street from Court Avenue to the West Entrance of the Gazebo Parking Lot. This section took a little longer than expected but, once completed, our crews will be moving to the next utility phase on Bruce Street from the East entrance of the Gazebo Parking Lot to Parkway. Access to the parking lot will always remain open since there are two entrances, and only one will ever be blocked during construction. This parking lot will continue to be accessible from the Parkway side of Bruce Street, passing the Sevier County Heritage Museum during the current phase.

 

Concrete Phasing, with the closure of Bruce Street from Forks of the River to the Courthouse Entrance, is underway for the next 3 - 5 weeks. Stone has been laid and packed to establish a solid base, at a uniform thickness, and provides added strength for when the finished concrete surface is added. Once this is done in each phase, that phase will be complete besides minor construction that shouldn't require a road closure.

 

Click here to view traffic pattern for access to the Downtown Area

 

The Sevier County Clerks Office Drive-Thru behind the Sheriff Department is open and will stay open until the next concrete phase starts in 3 - 5 weeks.

 

Please use the parking map linked below to plan your visit and get to your destination safely. Parking signs have also placed on-site to help you navigate to the closest parking lots.

 

Please click here for public parking during your visit to our downtown area. Anyone trying to access the courthouse should park on the Commerce Street side or in the designated parking areas downtown, a very short walk from the courthouse.

 

A new update will be provided anytime there's a major traffic flow change.

 

Your downtown merchants are #openforbusiness throughout the construction! Please, support them during these renovations.

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Two-week Look Ahead

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

The current phase of construction is continuing, as stated below, in last week's update. This update, we wanted to clue everyone into some exciting problem-solving our team dealt with this week.

 

During construction this week, our crews uncovered two large underground tanks filled with and unknown petroleum-based liquid. The larger of the two was a cylinder shape approximately 4’ wide and 12’ long, meaning that it was an 1,100-gallon tank with about 700 gallons of liquid in it. Very little of the liquid escaped the tanks, but you may have noticed a gas smell downtown yesterday during removal. An environmental firm (ERC) was brought in to oversee the removal and proper disposal of the tanks and liquid. Our team ended up pumping over 900 gallons from the two tanks! Removal of the tanks only occurred once they were empty and cleaned. The surrounding soil was also removed and tested to make sure that there was no contamination. All of this only resulted in a short delay, as our team worked together diligently to resolve the matter. Since then, the site has been given the go-ahead to continue construction. It's amazing what you'll find once you start digging!

 

The first image here, you can see the larger tank, and the second is the utility phase on Bruce Street, with almost all of the utilities installed.

 

Click here to view traffic pattern for access to the Downtown Area

 

The Sevier County Clerks Office Drive-Thru behind the Sheriff Department is open and will stay open until the next concrete phase starts in 6 - 8 weeks.

 

Please use the parking map linked below to plan your visit and get to your destination safely. Parking signs have also placed on-site to help you navigate to the closest parking lots.

 

Please click here for public parking during your visit to our downtown area. Anyone trying to access the courthouse should park on the Commerce Street side or in the designated parking areas downtown, a very short walk from the courthouse.

 

A new update will be provided anytime there's a major traffic flow change.

 

Your downtown merchants are #openforbusiness throughout the construction! Please, support them during these renovations.

Friday, October 18, 2019

Two-week Look Ahead

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

The current phase of construction is wrapping up over the next two weeks on Bruce Street from Court Avenue to the West Entrance of the Gazebo Parking Lot. Access to the parking lot will always remain open since there are two entrances, and only one will ever be blocked during construction. This parking lot will continue to be accessible from the Parkway side of Bruce Street, passing the Sevier County Heritage Museum.

 

Concrete Phasing is starting on Tuesday, October 15th, with the closure of Bruce Street from Forks of the River to the Courthouse Entrance for the next 6 - 8 weeks. This phase will start with prep of the area and then includes concrete paving, landscaping, and laying pavers. Once this is done in each phase, that phase will be complete besides minor construction that shouldn't require a road closure.

 

Click here to view traffic pattern for access to the Downtown Area

 

The Sevier County Clerks Office Drive-Thru behind the Sheriff Department is open and will stay open until the next concrete phase starts in 6 - 8 weeks.

 

Next week, the concrete phases will start while the utility phases continue. The first phase for paving is on Bruce Street in front of Citizens National Bank. The goal is to complete the project earlier by working in multiple phases at once, allowing Blalock crews to completely finish utility installation while another Blalock crew comes in behind them and starts paving.

The phasing map included here is a general plan and subject to change if need be.

 

Please use the parking map linked below to plan your visit and get to your destination safely. Parking signs have also placed on-site to help you navigate to the closest parking lots.

 

Please click here for public parking during your visit to our downtown area. Anyone trying to access the courthouse should park on the Commerce Street side or in the designated parking areas downtown, a very short walk from the courthouse.

 

A new update will be provided anytime there's a major traffic flow change.

 

Your downtown merchants are #openforbusiness throughout the construction! Please, support them during these renovations.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Two-week Look Ahead

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

The current phase of construction is on Bruce Street from Court Avenue to the West Entrance of the Gazebo Parking Lot. Access to the parking lot will always remain open since there are two entrance, and only one will ever be blocked during construction. This parking lot will continue to be accessible from the Parkway side of Bruce Street, passing the Sevier County Heritage Museum.

 

Click here to view traffic pattern for access to the Downtown Area

 

The Sevier County Clerks Office Drive-Thru behind the Sheriff Department has been reopened and will stay open until further notice. The next phase affecting the use of the drive-thru won't begin for at least a month.

 

Our crews have started cutting into the sidewalk in places to allow for them to install utilities. The sidewalks will still be accessible, but please be aware and look ahead during navigation around the construction site downtown. In these pictures, you can see that the sidewalks have been narrowed but are still accessible. They have already completed the installation of the new sewer and stormwater in this phase and are continuing with the installation of water pipes. After that they'll need to finish the tie-ins for sewer, water and roof drains. So, they'll be in this phase for at least another few weeks.

 

In the coming weeks, the paving phases will start while the utility phases continue. The first phase for paving is on Bruce Street in front of Citizens National Bank. The goal is to complete the project earlier by working in multiple phases at once, allowing Blalock crews to completely finish utility installation while another Blalock crew comes in behind them and starts paving. We will be announcing new Traffic Flow maps and how to navigate downtown as we get closer to this next stage in construction.

 

Please use the parking map linked below to plan your visit and get to your destination safely. Parking signs have also placed on-site to help you navigate to the closest parking lots.

 

Please click here for public parking during your visit to our downtown area. Anyone trying to access the courthouse should park on the Commerce Street side or in the designated parking areas downtown, a very short walk from the courthouse.

 

A new update will be provided before this phase is completed. The Concrete Paving Phase will be starting around the time of our next update.

 

Your downtown merchants are #openforbusiness throughout the construction! Please, support them during these renovations.

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Two-week Look Ahead

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

 

**Update (As of Sept. 16): The Intersection of Bruce St & Court Ave is OPEN!

 

The current phase of construction is on Bruce Street from Court Avenue to the West Entrance of the Gazebo Parking Lot. Access to the parking lot will always remain open since there are two entrance, and only one will ever be blocked during construction. This parking lot will continue to be accessible from the Parkway side of Bruce Street, passing the Sevier County Heritage Museum.

 

Click here to view traffic pattern for access to the Downtown Area

 

The Sevier County Clerks Office Drive-Thru behind the Sheriff Department has been reopened and will stay open until further notice. The next phase affecting the use of the drive-thru won't begin for at least a month.

 

Our crews have started cutting into the sidewalk in places to allow for them to install utilities. The sidewalks will still be accessible, but please be aware and look ahead during navigation around the construction site downtown. In these pictures, you can see some of these giant saws used to cut into the road and sidewalk.

 

By early October, the paving phases will start while the utility phases continue. The first phase for paving is on Bruce Street in front of Citizens National Bank. The goal is to complete the project earlier by working in multiple phases at once, allowing Blalock crews to completely finish utility installation while another Blalock crew comes in behind them and starts paving. We will be announcing new Traffic Flow maps and how to navigate downtown as we get closer to this next stage in construction.

 

Please use the parking map linked below to plan your visit and get to your destination safely. Parking signs have also placed on-site to help you navigate to the closest parking lots.

 

Please click here for public parking during your visit to our downtown area. Anyone trying to access the courthouse should park on the Commerce Street side or in the designated parking areas downtown, a very short walk from the courthouse.

 

A new update will be provided before this phase is completed. The Concrete Paving Phase will be starting around the time of our next update.

 

Your downtown merchants are #openforbusiness throughout the construction! Please, support them during these renovations.

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Two-week Look Ahead

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW FOR ACCESS TO DOWNTOWN:

 

**Update (As of Sept. 16): The Intersection of Bruce St & Court Ave is OPEN!

 

The utility installation at the intersection of Bruce Street and Court Avenue is being wrapped up this week, ahead of schedule. That means, sometime next week (Monday, Sept 16 - Friday, Sept 20) you will get another text message alert that the intersection has been reopened! We're moving right along! So, the next phase of construction is on Bruce Street from Court Avenue to the West Entrance of the Gazebo Parking Lot. Access to the parking lot will always remain open since there are two entrance, and only one will ever be blocked during construction. This parking lot will continue to be accessible from the Parkway side of Bruce Street, passing the Sevier County Heritage Museum.

 

Click here to view traffic pattern for access to the Downtown Area

 

The Sevier County Clerks Office Drive-Thru behind the Sheriff Department has been reopened and will stay open until further notice. The next phase affecting the use of the drive-thru won't begin for at least a month.

 

Please use the parking map linked below to plan your visit and get to your destination safely. Parking signs have also placed on-site to help you navigate to the closest parking lots.

 

Please click here for public parking during your visit to our downtown area. Anyone trying to access the courthouse should park on the Commerce Street side or in the designated parking areas downtown, a very short walk from the courthouse.

 

WHAT HAS BEEN COMPLETED SINCE TUESDAY, AUGUST 29TH:

 

The installation of utilities in the Intersection of Bruce Street and Court Avenue is almost complete and ahead of schedule. All stages of the utilities: sewer, stormwater piping, gas utility, potable water piping, and communications will be wrapping up within the week.

 

The old brick manhole has been replaced by a brand new and not so brick one! The picture with the green/turquoise piping are the newly installed sewer upgrades. The black corrugated pipes direct stormwater out of downtown to prevent any flooding when it rains. Electrical conduit is also being buried underground throughout the project. This will allow for the removal of the electrical poles that line the sidewalks in the project area, opening the space for better accessibility.  

 

A new update will be provided before this phase is completed. The Concrete Paving Phase will be starting around the time of our next update.

 

Your downtown merchants are #openforbusiness throughout the construction! Please, support them during these renovations.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Two-week Look Ahead

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW FOR ACCESS TO DOWNTOWN:

 

Since Monday, August 19th, the intersection of Bruce Street and Court Avenue is closed for approximately six weeks. All of Downtown Sevierville is accessible from Bruce Street and Court Avenue, but no thru traffic will be able to utilize the intersection of these roads. Commerce Street can still be used to get from the North end of Court Avenue to W Bruce Street.

 

Click here to view traffic pattern for access to the Downtown Area

 

The Sevier County Clerks Office Drive-Thru behind the Sheriff Department has been reopened and will stay open until further notice. The next phase affecting the use of the drive-thru won't begin for at least a month.

 

Please use the parking map linked below to plan your visit and get to your destination safely. Parking signs have also placed on-site to help you navigate to the closest parking lots.

 

Please click here for public parking during your visit to our downtown area. Anyone trying to access the courthouse should park on the Commerce Street side or in the designated parking areas downtown, a very short walk from the courthouse.

 

WHAT HAS BEEN COMPLETED SINCE TUESDAY, AUGUST 13TH:

 

The construction in the Intersection of Bruce Street and Court Avenue is well underway and on schedule. The original traffic light has been removed, pictured here (See the video and more picture on our Facebook!), to make space for digging trenches and fully accessing the space. One stage of the utilities, storm water piping, is complete in the intersection, and there are more to come. Keep an eye out for our "What to Expect" information coming soon to explain each of these stages that must be completed through each phase.

 

The trend of pulling history out of the ground has continued and the newest uncovered "treasure" is a little larger than a license plate. The second picture featured here shows a manhole access to the old sewer which is consructed of brick! We're also hypothesizing that it could date back to the early 1900s before the railroad was built, given its close proximity to the railroad. You can see the railroad just under the edge of the asphalt behind the manhole "tower".

 

Once this section is completed, we will continue down Bruce Street.  A new update will be provided before this phase is completed.

 

Your downtown merchants are #openforbusiness throughout the construction!

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Two-week Look Ahead

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW FOR ACCESS TO DOWNTOWN:

 

Starting Monday, August 19th, the intersection of Bruce Street and Court Avenue will be closed for approximately 6 weeks. All of Downtown Sevierville will be accessible from Bruce Street and Court Avenue, but no thru traffic will be able to utilize the intersection of these roads. Commerce Street can still be used to get from the North end of Court Avenue to W Bruce Street.

 

Click here to view traffic pattern for access to the Downtown Area

 

 

Please use the parking map below to plan your visit and get to your destination safely.

Please click here for public parking during your visit to our downtown area. Anyone trying to access the courthouse should park on the Commerce Street side or in the designated parking areas downtown, a very short walk from the courthouse.

 

The first photo features an elevated view of this section of W Bruce St. where our workers are finishing up the installation of the utilities before they move into the intersection on Monday.

 

The second photo is from last week, where you can clearly see the railroad along the left edge of the hole where they are working to improve our systems before the beautification process begins. There will be rails embedded into the concrete along Bruce Street, upon project completion, to memorialize the tracks that once operated here.

 

Once this section is completed, we will continue down Bruce Street.  A new update will be provided before this phase is completed.

 

Your downtown merchants are #openforbusiness throughout the construction!

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Two-week Look Ahead

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW FOR ACCESS TO THE SEVIER COUNTY COURTHOUSE, SHERRIFF'S OFFICE, AND CITIZENS NATIONAL BANK:

 

 

 

Bruce street will be closed from Courthouse Plaza to the corner of W Bruce Street and Court Avenue starting Thursday, August 1 for the next 3-4 weeks. The parking behind the courthouse is still accessible from Commerce Street.

 

The Sevier County Clerks Office Drive Thru behind the Sheriff Department will be closed during this time. Community members visiting the area to utilize the drive thru will need to park and walk into the courthouse instead.

 

Please click here for public parking during your visit to our downtown area.. Anyone trying to access the courthouse should park on the Commerce Street side or in the designated parking areas downtown, a very short walk from the courthouse.

 

Click here to view traffic pattern for access to the Sevier County Courthouse and Sevier County Jail.

 

MORE HISTORY BEING UNCOVERED

History is still being dug up as we uncover the railroad, more license plates and even a glass syringe that dates back to the 30s-40s. 

 

You can see in the pictures attached that the railroad is just under the asphalt road, right under the orange barriers.

 

Once this section is completed, we will continue down Bruce Street.  A new update will be provided before this phase is completed.

 

Your downtown merchants are #openforbusiness throughout the construction!

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Two-week Look Ahead

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW FOR ACCESS TO BRUCE STREET:

We are currently working under a full closure on Bruce Street from the courthouse entrance moving towards the Court Avenue intersection over the next week.  Recommended access to Bruce Street from Fork of the River Parkway is now open again. Please click here for public parking during your visit to our downtown area. Click here to view traffic pattern for access to the Sevier County Courthouse and Sevier County Jail.

 

WORK COMPLETED SINCE JULY 1, 2019:

Blalock Contractor crews to continue with installation of the new infrastructure. The top photo shows the continuation of new water pipe installation looking toward Court Avenue from above the  precisely excavated trench on Bruce Street. The photo below that shows the now open section of Bruce Street where Lera Court can be accessed.

 

WHAT TO EXPECT DURING THE NEXT WEEK:

New water and sewer lines continue to be installed on Bruce in front of Citizens National Bank's Mortage Center and the Courthouse. There will be new electrical, communication, and gas lines placed within the current section on Bruce to occur over the next month.  Once this section is completed, we will continue down Bruce Street.  A new update will be provided before Phase Two is completed.

 

Your downtown merchants are #openforbusiness throughout the construction!

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Two-week Look Ahead

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW FOR ACCESS TO BRUCE STREET:

We are currently working under a full closure on Bruce Street from Fork of the River Parkway to the courthouse entrance.  The dedicated turn lane has been closed off of Fork of the River Parkway to this section of the project.  Recommended access to Bruce Street during this phase of the project will be from the intersections of Court Avenue and West Main Street or East Main Street and North Parkway. Please click here for public parking during your visit to our downtown area. Click here to view traffic pattern.

 

WORK COMPLETED SINCE JUNE 18, 2019:

The removal of the old concrete railroad abutment was successful and allows Blalock Contractor crews to continue with installation of the new infrastructure. The top photo shows new water pipe installation looking toward Forks of the River Parkway from inside the  precisely excavated trench on Bruce Street.

 

WHAT TO EXPECT DURING THE NEXT WEEK:

New water and sewer lines continue to be installed on Bruce in front of Citizens National Bank. Once the construction gets to the Lera Street intersection, the crew will tie-in the new storm water line into Bruce Street.  There will be new electrical, communication, and gas lines placed within the current section on Bruce to occur between now and July 15.  Once this section is completed, we will move past Lera toward Court Avenue, which will start Phase Two of the project.  A new update will be provided before Phase Two begins.

 

HOW TO ACCESS CITIZENS NATIONAL BANK:

From Thursday, June 20 through July 15 the entrance and exit from Bruce Street are closed for access into Citizens National Bank.  However, there is new entrance into the back parking areas off of Court Avenue (click here to view map)

 

 

Your downtown merchants are #openforbusiness throughout the construction!

Tuesday, July1, 2019

Two-week Look Ahead

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW FOR ACCESS TO BRUCE STREET:

We are currently working under a full closure on Bruce Street from Fork of the River Parkway to the courthouse entrance.  The dedicated turn lane has been closed off of Fork of the River Parkway to this section of the project.  Recommended access to Bruce Street during this phase of the project will be from the intersections of Court Avenue and West Main Street or East Main Street and North Parkway. Please click here for public parking during your visit to our downtown area. Click here to view traffic pattern.

 

WORK COMPLETED SINCE JUNE 11, 2019:

The new storm drain infrastructure on Lera is completed through Bruce Street where the next section of work is currently being performed.

 

WHAT TO EXPECT DURING THE NEXT WEEK:

Working on the new sewer infrastructure. A sewer bypass system is in place while the new structure is constructed.  A BIT OF HISTORY…the photo shows the new structure for the new sewer infrastructure.  While digging for this section, an old concrete railroad abutment was discovered. The historic photo shows how downtown Sevierville looked prior to the 1965 rerouting of the Little Pigeon River.  The railroad existed on what is now Bruce Street.

 

HOW TO ACCESS CITIZENS NATIONAL BANK:

From Thursday, June 20 through July 15 the entrance and exit from Bruce Street are closed for access into Citizens National Bank.  However, there is new entrance into the back parking areas off of Court Avenue (click here to view map)

 

 

Your downtown merchants are #openforbusiness throughout the construction!

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

WORK TO BEGIN ON BRUCE STREET

The first official weekly construction meeting was held at the old post office in Downtown Sevierville on Tuesday, June 11.  During these weekly meetings, project progress is reviewed along with upcoming work to be performed, which will be pushed out to the impacted stakeholders and general public.  Make sure you share this information and encourage others to sign up for the updates by texting the word "SEVIERVILLE" to 313131.

 

Beginning 6am Thursday, 6/13/2019, access to Bruce Street from Forks of the River Parkway will be closed.  Blalock crews will begin work on the new water, storm water, and sewer infrastructure lying beneath the surface of Bruce Street.  Access to Citizens National will be open from the Forks of the River Parkway, with exits both on the Parkway and Bruce. 

 

Your downtown merchants are #openforbusiness throughout the construction!

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

TRAFFIC FLOW CHANGE

TRAFFIC FLOW CHANGE FOR ACCESS TO COMMERCE STREET!

 

Be aware and share!

 

Due to the work being performed on Lera Court (see area in yellow in GoogleMap image) Commerce Street has been designated as a one way street (Click Here for Traffic Flow Video Clip). Once work in the yellow highlighted area is completed, we will send out a notification as to the updated traffic pattern.

 

Also, due to warmer days, construction crews will be working from 6am until 4:30pm, daily, Monday through Friday.  

 

Your downtown merchants are #openforbusiness throughout the construction!

Friday: May 31, 2019

WORK BEGINS!

What to Expect for the week of May 27, 2019:

 

Be aware and share!

 

Materials are being delivered for new storm drainage installation, which will begin at Lera and Main (next to City Bonding Company).  The new storm system will continue through Lera and Commerce, winding behind the courthouse until it reaches a tie-in point on Bruce Street.  Crews will also continue to place traffic control signage within the downtown area throughout this week.

 

Work will begin at 7am and end by 5:30pm Monday through Friday throughout the duration of this project and as weather permits.  As we move forward with this historical streetscape project, we will do our best to keep you informed with project progress and unanticipated issues as these occur. 

 

Your downtown merchants are #openforbusiness throughout the construction!

Tuesday: May 28, 2019

STAGING BEGINS!

Blalock Construction will begin the staging process for the streetscape project.  The staging area is located in the grass/gravel area located as indicated in the map image.

Active construction will begin Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at Bruce Street and Forks of the River Parkway area.

Monday: May 20, 2019