The next Streetscape Hard Hat meeting is scheduled Thursday, July 27, 9 a.m. at the Clearwater Main Library and is open to affected parties and those with concerns regarding construction. The city is partnering with Clearwater Main Street, the Downtown Partnership and the Greater Clearwater Chamber of Commerce to expedite communication and business marketing during the 18-month construction period. An initial marketing study to assist affected businesses is being conducted by Vaughn Wedeen Creative and will be completed soon.
Gibbs & Register crews are continuing infrastructure work on the south side of Cleveland Street installing a new water main, service lines and fire hydrants. While one lane of traffic has been open in each direction west of Myrtle Avenue since June 15, two temporary lane closures will be in effect beginning July 25. The first closure on Cleveland affects eastbound traffic only from Garden Avenue to Myrtle Avenue and will last until August 8 during daytime hours while crews continue to install the water main on the south side of Cleveland and bore under the CSX railroad. The eastbound lane at this location will be reopened each evening. The second closure is for the installation of a new storm drainage line down the center of Cleveland Street, and will affect traffic from Osceola Avenue to the water through September 1. Access to the Harborview Center and Pickles Plus can be made via the parking lot entrance off Osceola.
Businesses are open and accessible. Take advantage of two hours of free parking available at the Garden Avenue Garage. Parking location maps are available through all downtown merchants.
For more information, visit the city's website at www.myclearwater.com/downtown.
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