Friday, February 27, 2015

Project Update

February 27, 2015 – KUB’s contractor, Southeast Connections (SEC), has been delayed due to weather, but crews were able to begin work on John Sevier Highway this week. Next week, crews will close I. C. King Park. This closure has been coordinated with Knox County Parks and Recreation, and is expected to last from March 2, 2015 through May 2015. Signs have been posted in the park to notify visitors of this closure. See the media advisory below for more information.

Media Advisory 

I.C. King Park Closure, Effective through May 2015 

KUB and its contractor, Southeast Connections, will close I.C. King Park starting Monday, March 2, and lasting through May 2015, as work is completed in this area for the South Loop Natural Gas Pipeline Installation Project. In cooperation with Knox County Parks and Recreation, and to ensure the public’s safety, the entire park will be closed as construction is in progress. Barricades and signage are in place at the park’s entrances to notify visitors of the closure.

This project will provide a portion of the connecting pipeline that will allow the University of Tennessee to convert its coal-fired steam plant to natural gas by late 2015. This plant conversion will remove the second largest source of airborne pollution in East Tennessee, and will be the equivalent of taking 7,000 passenger vehicles off the road each day. Additionally, this pipeline will improve the overall reliability of KUB’s natural gas distribution system, and allow for future natural gas demands.

KUB will post regular updates throughout the project on its website at www.kub.org, and on the KUB Facebook page. Additionally, KUB has set up a blog at http://kubsouthloop.blogspot.com/ to keep customers informed about project milestones. Customers can send their e-mail address to blog@kub.org (please reference South Loop in the subject line) to receive updates on the project. Customers can also call 558-2331 after normal business hours to leave a message that will be followed-up with a call from a KUB representative by the end of the next business day.

 KUB is a municipal utility serving Knox and parts of seven adjacent counties and provides electric, gas, water, and wastewater services to more than 445,000 customers. 
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Friday, February 20, 2015

Project Update

February 20, 2015 –  KUB’s contractor, Southeast Connections (SEC), was unable to work this week due to the winter weather. Crews will return to work Monday, February 23, weather permitting.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Project Update



February 13, 2015  KUB’s contractor, Southeast Connections (SEC), has mobilized to the north end of the project area near Alcoa Highway to begin welding the steel pipe, and will work south toward Woodson Drive. Clearing of the right-of-way continues along Legion Drive and Belt Road. SEC anticipates clearing in these areas to be complete within the next two weeks. Residents can expect to see erosion control measures being installed starting next week (the week of February 23), with grading equipment moving in behind erosion control placement. Following grading, pipe prep work will be performed ahead of installation in the trench.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Project Update

February 3, 2015 –  KUB’s contractor, Southeast Connections (SEC), has cleared the right of way from the University of Tennessee property to Legion Drive. Preparation work for trench excavation of the right of way is completed from Topside Road to I. C. King Park, and sections of pipeline have also been strung along this path. SEC continues preparation work for trench excavation of the right of way on the University of Tennessee property headed south toward Woodson Drive. Subcontractors are working in residential areas removing trees and brush, as well as grading, beginning near Woodson Drive working south to Maloney Road. SEC will lay pipe following this work.

South Loop Natural Gas Pipeline Project progress photos: 



Monday, January 12, 2015

Project Update

January 12, 2015 –  KUB’s contractor, Southeast Connections, continues clearing and excavation of the right of way along the route of the South Loop Natural Gas Pipeline Project. Clearing has taken place from Topside Road to I. C. King Park in the southern part of the work area, and crews have moved to the north end of the project zone and begun clearing from the University of Tennessee property south. Pipe has also been delivered to the project site, and this week (the week of January 12), crews will begin connecting sections of pipe above ground in preparation for installation along the right of way.

South Loop Natural Gas Pipeline Project progress photos: 




Monday, December 22, 2014

Project Update

December 22, 2014 Update  – KUB’s contractor, Southeast Connections, began vegetation clearing activities at Topside Road on December 15, 2014, and is progressing northward along the pipeline right-of-way. Approximately 5000 feet of right-of-way has been cleared and had erosion control measures installed. Clearing activities will extend into late February or early March. The contractor plans to begin laying pipe in mid January, which will follow the same path as clearing, beginning at Topside Road and progressing northward.


Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Project Update

November 26, 2014 Update - KUB and its contractor, Southeastern Connections, are scheduled to begin a project to install six miles of natural gas pipeline between the University of Tennessee golf practice facility at 2614 Osprey Vista Way and the KUB Topside Road Natural Gas Gate Station at 3715 Topside Road on Monday, December 1, 2014. Initial stages of this project will begin with vegetation pruning and clearance in the right-of-way, followed by installation of the pipeline. All work will be completed in reasonable segments so that the entire project length will not be impacted at the same time. 

This project will provide a portion of the connecting pipeline that will allow the University of Tennessee to convert its coal-fired steam plant to natural gas by late 2015. This plant conversion will remove the second largest source of airborne pollution in East Tennessee, and will be the equivalent of taking 7,000 passenger vehicles off the road each day. Additionally, this pipeline will improve the overall reliability of KUB’s natural gas distribution system, and allow for future natural gas demands. 

This is the second phase in the overall project. The first phase, which included pipeline installation across a two-mile span from the UT golf practice facility to the Fulton Bottoms area near the UT campus, has been completed. Phase three, which will span the final two miles of the project from a new natural gas regulating station at Metron Way to the UT Steam Plant, will begin upon completion of phase two. Construction on phase two is scheduled for completion by June 2015.

Construction methods will include conventional trenching, boring, and directional drilling. Some weekend work may be required to meet project milestone dates.

KUB will post regular updates throughout the project on its website at www.kub.org, and on the KUB Facebook page. Customers can send their e-mail address to blog@kub.org (please reference South Loop in the subject line) to receive updates on the project.

Customers can also call 558-2331 after normal business hours to leave a message that will be followed-up with a call from a KUB representative by the end of the next business day.