The distinctive look of downtown Clearwater's new streetscape is beginning to emerge in the second block of Cleveland Street from Ft. Harrison Avenue to Garden Avenue. Crews have completed the installation of the roadway's outer curbs and the curving roadway and wide sidewalk areas are now clearly visible. Crews are concentrating on installation of the base for the road bed and will soon be working on curbing for the landscaped median.
Work on the drainage portion of the project between Garden Avenue and East Avenue is complete. The remaining portion of storm work between East and Myrtle Avenues will be done in the fall, just prior to streetscape work on that last block.
In the past week, there have been no changes to the road closures along Cleveland Street. One lane in each direction remains open from Myrtle Avenue to Garden Avenue. Cleveland Street is closed from Garden Avenue to Ft. Harrison Avenue, the block where road work is still underway, and Cleveland Street reopens from Ft. Harrison Avenue to the bluff where work is completed. All north-south intersections remain open with sidewalk detours in effect at the Station Square condominium project and intermittent locations on sidewalks near the project's intersections.
Patrons may take advantage of two hours of free parking in the Garden Avenue Garage, additional parking along Osceola Avenue between the Main Library and Cleveland Street, and designated parking spaces on Cleveland Street from Osceola to Ft. Harrison avenues. For further updates on construction, check out the city's website at www.myclearwater.com/downtown, or call the Streetscape construction office at 462 6126.
There will be no Hard Hat meeting in April. The next Hard Hat meeting is 8 a.m., Thursday, May 31, at The Rabbit Hole, 425 Cleveland St. Free coffee will be available, and officials will be on hand to answer the public's questions regarding the project.