Downtown Knoxville gets upgrades

Knoxville Market Street motorists now have the option of either paying for parking by plugging in coins or swiping a credit card at new solar-powered meters. If the Market Street machines perform well over a three-month test period, then the City will proceed with plans, in three phases, to replace 1,390 parking meters throughout downtown.

The 12 new Market Street meters will continue to offer short-term parking for up to one hour.

KUB is also making significant upgrades in the downtown area over the next 15 months. Lane and sidewalk closures will be necessary during this time and motorists may need to utilize alternative means of access to businesses, offices and parking. Some on-street parking may be restricted throughout downtown. South Central Street is currently closed for these upgrades, and will remain closed for a period of two months. Detours will be required.