East Cedar Street
Please check this page frequently for information and updates on the East Cedar Street reconstruction project. Updates will include details on project phases, planned closures and detours, and other relevant information to help residents navigate the project area. A full set of project plans may be found under the Project Details tab below.
Section of East Cedar to reopen on Tuesday, Sept. 28
A section of Bristol, Tennessee’s East Cedar Street will reopen on Tuesday, Sept. 28, and traffic signs will be returned to their pre-construction locations, once again requiring motorists traveling east along King College Road to stop when they reach the East Cedar Street intersection. Barricades will be removed and traffic will flow along the newly constructed portion of East Cedar Street from its intersection with King College Road to Valley Drive. The road closure was necessary to install a new box culvert at Cedar Creek, realign a sharp S curve, relocate utilities, install a new storm sewer system, and install curbing and sidewalks along this section of East Cedar Street. The section of East Cedar Street between Valley Drive and Georgia Avenue will remain closed to through traffic while major work continues there.
Motorists are encouraged to use alternate routes when possible. Those traveling along East Cedar Street should expect periodic traffic delays and be aware of construction crews working in the area. Construction is expected to continue through Fall 2022.
Project Progress as of September 10, 2021
Since the project began:
- East Cedar Street has been realigned to remove a sharp S curve on the eastern section of the road.
- Installation of a new box culvert at Cedar Creek has been completed.
- A new and much-improved storm sewer system has been installed from Florida Avenue to the intersection of King College Road.
- Curbing and sidewalks have been installed along the majority of the project’s eastern section.
Crews are currently working to:
- Complete curbing and sidewalks from Florida Avenue to the King College Road intersection.
- Install a base layer of paving along the eastern section of East Cedar Street.
When this work has been completed, the eastern end of East Cedar Street from Florida Avenue to King College Road will be open to traffic. A firm timeline has not been determined.
This project consist of rebuilding approximately 1.21 miles of East Cedar St from the 5th St intersection to the King College Rd intersection. Key design elements include:
A typical road section consisting of two 12-foot travel lanes and 5-foot wide sidewalks on both sides of the road. Sidewalks will also be provided within the project limits on both sides of the intersecting roads such as Virginia Ave, Kentucky Ave, Pennsylvania Ave, Carolina Ave, Maryland Ave, Georgia Ave, and Florida Ave.
Modification of the 5th St intersection to include appropriate turn lanes and upgrades to the traffic signal. The signal will also be interconnected with the railroad crossing to improve safety at the crossing.
Modification of the Virginia Ave intersection and signal to include additional left turn lanes on Virginia Ave and East Cedar St.
Realignment of the road between Golf St and Halverstadt Dr (entrance to King University) to eliminate the "S" curve.
Changes to the vertical road geometry in certain areas to provide better sight distance. The intersections of Georgia Ave and Kentucky Ave are two of the main areas where this will be improved.
Click here to view the slides presented at the public information meetings on October 20 and 27, 2020.
To view more detailed plans of specific portions of the project, please click here.
Public Information Meetings
Public meetings were held on October 20 and 27, 2020 where members of the public had an opportunity to hear from the East Cedar St project team. In the video below, City Engineer Jake Chandler, Jeff Mize with CDM Smith, and Kevin Buck with Baker's Construction Services provide an overview of the project.