Friday, April 10, 2015

Project Update

April 10, 2015 – KUB’s contractor, Southeast Connections (SEC), has installed the majority of pipeline from I. C. King Park to Topside Road. The auger bore of the CSR railroad is complete, and the bore at Woodson Drive is underway. One of the two horizontal directional drill holes is complete in the park, with the second nearing completion.

Crews are working near Topside Road this week, as well as various other locations between I. C. King Park and Topside Road where they are completing tie-ins. This week the trenching machine will be moved off Maryville Pike where the new pipeline path parallels the railroad.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Project Update

March 20, 2015 – KUB’s contractor, Southeast Connections (SEC), completed trenching from John Sevier Highway to Topside Road this week. Crews also installed pipe north of John Sevier Highway during the week, and should be able to complete installation in this area in the coming days. Pipe installation south of John Sevier Highway will begin next week. The auger bore at Woodson Drive will continue into next week, and crews also continue to work on the bores in I.C. King Park.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Project Update

March 13, 2015 – KUB’s contractor, Southeast Connections (SEC) completed the auger bore at John Sevier Highway this week. This crew has moved to Woodson Drive to begin the second auger bore. A trenching machine completed trenching between I.C. King Park and John Sevier Highway. The machine moved across John Sevier Highway on Thursday, March 12, and will work toward Topside Road the week of March 16. SEC crews are installing pipe in the trench north of John Sevier Highway, and will continue this path south behind the trenching crew. The directional drilling crew will being work next week in I.C. King Park.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Project Update

March 6, 2015 – KUB’s contractor, Southeast Connections (SEC) made progress this week with overall improved weather as welding and coating crews continued work on the pipeline path from the University of Tennessee’s property south and have reached an area just south of Woodson Drive. Pipeline installation also began near Topside Road this week. SEC has mobilized a trenching machine, and trenching and pipeline installation south of I. C. King Park is expected to start in the coming days. Crews have been performing clearing tasks on the I.C. King property this week as well.

South Loop Natural Gas Pipeline Project progress photo: 


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, and on the KUB Facebook page. Additionally, KUB has set up a blog at to keep customers informed about project milestones. Customers can send their e-mail address to (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. 

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.