University of Tennessee wants to take over Knoxville-owned campus streets

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

University of Tennessee officials are looking to take over all 4.1 miles of city-owned streets in the heart of campus— and the city of Knoxville appears willing to let them.

The proposal, which includes major roads like Volunteer Boulevard, Andy Holt Avenue and Lake Loudoun Boulevard, will go before the university Board of Trustees at its meeting in Knoxville next month. The plan then will have to be approved by the State Building Commission before going to the Metropolitan Planning Commission, likely in phases.

For the university, the change in ownership means it can do any landscaping, construction and road closures without permission.

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