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ESPN College Gameday Sat 9-24 on Ayres Lawn

ESPN’s College Gameday is headed for Rocky Top and will broadcast the popular pre-game show from 9 am to noon Saturday September 24th at Ayres Hall.  This means there will be significant impact on the Hill starting on Wednesday September 21st.

  • Access to Circle Drive from Cumberland Ave will be limited to handicapped parking access and production traffic only beginning Wednesday morning
  • Parking on The Hill next to Ayres Hall lawn will be closed Wednesday-Friday. Temporary handicapped parking will be located on Circle Dr near Dabney-Buehler and in the Perkins Hall lot accessed from Middle Dr.
  • The T bus system will continue to operate along Circle Drive

Starting on Wednesday afternoon the trucks will start loading in, building stages, running cables, etc.  Please avoid the Ayers Lawn for Wednesday – Friday morning. ESPN and their workers will also be parking in the S7 lot off Cumberland during this time.

Classes will be operating as normal and we advise people needing to get to the Hill – please allow additional travel time. As mentioned above, the T bus system will operate as normal.

ESPN will have an office on the 4th floor in the Science & Engineering building and have reserved some spaces in that building on Friday. Please be aware of these special arrangements.

If you have any questions, please contact Parking & Transit Services at 974-6031.

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Removal of pre-WW II Trolley Lines from Cumberland starts Tue Sept 6th

Starting after Labor Day, a City contractor will be excavating and removing buried pre-World War II trolley tracks from the center of Cumberland Avenue – a task that will require a 10-day around-the-clock lane shift plus overnight closures of the westbound lane of Cumberland for nine consecutive nights.

Southern Constructors Inc. will begin the trolley track removal at midnight on Tuesday, Sept. 6. The job is scheduled to be completed by the end of Thursday, Sept. 15th.

Along a three-block section of Cumberland, between 19th and 22nd streets, the westbound lane of traffic will be shifted. No left turns will be allowed through the three-block excavation zone Sept. 6-15, and this includes intersecting side streets with Cumberland.

Nightly, between midnight and 6 a.m., the westbound lane between 19th and 22nd streets will be closed entirely. Flag personnel will be dispatched as needed to maintain access to businesses that are open after midnight.

The eastbound traffic lane of Cumberland Avenue will remain open at all times during the project. Westbound commuters will shift to the new through lane during day and evening hours, but between midnight and 6 a.m., westbound commuters will be detoured off Cumberland to 19th Street, to Clinch Avenue and to 22nd Street before reconnecting with Cumberland.

“The decision to close a section of westbound Cumberland at night wasn’t made lightly,” said Anne Wallace, the City’s Deputy Director of Redevelopment. “However, safety is key – both to motorists and to the construction crew. It was necessary to eliminate conflicts between heavy machinery and vehicles for this phase.”

The City’s reconstruction of Cumberland Avenue is scheduled to be completed by August 2017. The existing four-lane Cumberland between 22nd and 17th streets is being remade into a safer, more pedestrian-friendly corridor with a three-lane cross section, raised median and left-turn lanes at intersections.

More information is available at, on the Cumberland Connect Facebook page,, and on the Cumberland Connect phone app. Or text VFL to 313131 to get text messages on the most current traffic updates.

G-16 AutoCount Online

The NEW Volunteer Boulevard Garage (G-16) features a car counting system, called AutoCount, that provides a live data feed of the garage’s occupancy. In-ground loops detect vehicle movement at designated points in the garage, which is communicated via LTE to the AutoCount cloud then made available to our campus community.

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