Best Laid Plans

Cumberland Avenue

Best Laid Plans

The redesigned Cumberland Avenue wins a planning award and seems to be making the Strip safer.

by scott barker • October 2, 2018

The city of Knoxville’s Cumberland Avenue reconfiguration has been recognized as an outstanding project by the Tennessee chapter of the American Planning Association.
A 40 percent reduction in vehicle collisions since the "road diet" took effect.
While the Cumberland Avenue Merchants Association isn’t passing out any trophies, its leaders are pleased with the project now that it’s completed. The work snarled traffic at the edge of the University of Tennessee campus for longer than two years and inspired a Cumberland Avenue business owner to run for mayor.
The planning association announced the award last week at its annual meeting in Kingsport. Winning the state honor makes the project eligible for an ...

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