State St. escalator closing

City release:

            As part of the ongoing expansion of the State Street Parking Garage, the escalator from State Street to Gay Street next to the Regal Riviera movie theater will be closed permanently next week.

The escalator will be shut down at 6 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 2nd, 2013. The elevator next to it will remain open, and a temporary staircase will be opened alongside it.

The escalator is being replaced with an elevated walkway from the garage, which will cross State Street and connect with the public access way alongside the movie theater.

The State Street Garage expansion is a $6.1 million project that will add 250 new spaces to the garage’s existing 842 spaces. Construction is scheduled to be finished in early spring.

Escalators. Oh what fun they are. I’ve heard that the outside escalator was a good idea in theory, but wound up needing more repairs than ususal over the years.

Not that it’ll matter much anymore. Most folks approaching the theater or that end of Gay Street seem to be coming from State Street garage (my favorite anthropomorphized public property in the city) anyway, so the walkway should be a sufficiently cool way to get across that street. Which has a 25 mph speed limit.

Here’s some escalator-related physical comedy for your Friday (fresh on the brain only because I saw “Elf” the other night):



About Gerald

A journalist in Knoxville, TN. Work (mostly) inside and play (mostly) outside. I'm a part of the X or the Y generation. None of us claim the other.
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