PROJECT: CUMBERLAND AVE STREETSCAPES
CLIENT: City of Knoxville
Vaughn & Melton was selected by the City of Knoxville for the design and construction of a more inviting, vibrant and safe Cumberland Avenue. The vision for the City is to
enhance connections to the University of Tennessee and area employers and improve the residential and retail character of the district while effectively moving pedestrians, motor vehicles and bicycles. The Cumberland Avenue Corridor Project will take a currently semisuburban, auto-oriented corridor that is frequently used as a pass-through and make it into an urban, multi-modal corridor providing safe and attractive transportation for pedestrians, bicyclists, transit, and cars, while creating a unique urban district.
The streetscape plan includes proposals for a “road diet” from four to three travel lanes, one of which will be a dedicated turn lane. Wider sidewalks, street trees and plantings, street furniture, accommodations for transit and transit users, crosswalk design, better signalization, as well as many other factors are also included. Accessibility is of utmost concern for all City of Knoxville projects. Strict adherence to sidewalk cross-slopes, curb ramp grades and other accessibility issues was of primary focus during the design process