The first block of the Cleveland Street Streetscape is taking shape between Osceola and Ft. Harrison avenues. With the curb work done in this block, crews are beginning to concentrate on installing the irrigation systems and planter areas. Installation of the decorative pavers for the sidewalks is set to begin next week. In the meantime, crews are planning to keep dust down in front of the local businesses by installing plywood planking in areas where old pavers and concrete sidewalk have been removed.
The intersection of Cleveland Street and Ft. Harrison Avenue is now reopened to traffic, and Cleveland Street, including the next two intersections to the east is now closed. North-south traffic has been rerouted around the intersections that are closed. Storm drain work at Garden Avenue and Cleveland Street is expected to take three to five weeks, and Osceola Avenue and Cleveland Street will be closed for about three weeks for streetscape work. Work continues on the lateral utility lines on the north and south side of Cleveland Street between the two closed intersections. All road closures and detours are clearly marked, and sidewalks remain open for pedestrians and business access.
Banners and signage direct pedestrians to local businesses that are open as usual. Downtown patrons are encouraged to take advantage of two hours of free parking in the Garden Avenue Garage, or additional parking along Osceola Avenue between the Main Library and Cleveland Street. Construction information is available on the city's website at www.myclearwater.com/downtown, and questions can be addressed through the Streetscape construction office at 462-6126.
Stakeholders and interested parties are invited to the next Hard Hat meeting Thursday, Jan. 25, 8 a.m., at Pickles Plus Too, on the west side of the Harborview Center. Free coffee will be served.
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