KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (SUBMITTED) -- The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, will reopen Phillip Fulmer Way in front of Neyland Stadium and the university's bus transfer facility prior to the first home football game on Sept. 4.
The road has been closed since November 2009 to accommodate the current phase of renovations to the stadium.
Changes include improvements at the Gate 21 Plaza, brick façade work along the front of the stadium, and an amphitheater downhill from the Alumni Memorial Building. The bus transfer station will operate in the same location in the plaza and sidewalks along Phillip Fulmer Way will be open to pedestrians when the road reopens.
Knoxville Area Transit (KAT) buses and campus shuttles running "The T" routes will continue their detour routes until the street reopens, at which point bus routes will return to normal.
The T: North-South route detours one block from Phillip Fulmer Way, turning onto Andy Holt Avenue at the University Center, then turning left on Volunteer Boulevard, then left on Lake Loudoun Boulevard, then left on Phillip Fulmer Way, then left on Peyton Manning Pass back to Volunteer Boulevard and its regular route through Fort Sanders.
The T: East-West route also will continue the current detour around the Middle Way Drive construction, using Volunteer Boulevard and Cumberland Avenue to serve the upper portion of the Hill.
The T: Ag Express bus will have pick-ups and drop-offs at the Torchbearer statue at Circle Park, as well as at the corner of Peyton Manning Pass at Phillip Fulmer Way.
KAT bus routes, including Route 10 (Sequoyah Hills), Route 43 (University Heights) and Route 44 (Gateway at Knoxville), will stop at the University Center Money Wall on the open portion of Phillip Fulmer Way.
Peyton Manning Pass continues to serve traffic to accommodate motorists parking at the north end of Staff Lot 30, adjacent to the Hearing & Speech Center, and also serves as the south entrance/exit of Staff Lot 9.
Commuter students who use the G-10 garage cannot travel north on Phillip Fulmer Way to enter or exit the garage. Students using the G-10 garage are encouraged to use the entrance and exits from Neyland Drive to avoid heavier traffic on the portion of Phillip Fulmer Way in front of Thompson-Boling Arena.
Pedestrians will be able to walk along Phillip Fulmer Way when the road is reopened. Until then, people may use stairs at the northern entrance to Staff Lot 30 to reach Circle Park Drive, Volunteer Boulevard or the alley parallel to Staff Lot 9 known as Margaret's Alley.
A map showing the modified campus bus routes is available at http://web.utk.edu/~pso/T_Bus_Route_Detours.pdf. For more information on the transfer station, visit http://www.ridethet.com/ or call UT Parking and Transit Services at 974-4080. Members of the campus community who have questions or concerns should contact UT Police at 974-3114. People who need special assistance should contact Disability Services at 974-6087.