Cleveland Street's second block is quickly taking on its new look as crews continue making progress. The first layer of asphalt has been laid on the road bed, and the contractor is working on installation of the distinctive sidewalk pavers on the north side of Cleveland Street between Ft. Harrison and Garden avenues. Paver work is set to begin on the south sidewalks shortly, along with installation of the median curbing and planter amenities in the center of the roadway. Currently the work on this block is on schedule to be complete and open to traffic by early June.
To date, the only complete road closure along Cleveland Street remains in the Ft. Harrison Avenue to Garden Avenue block where streetscape work is in progress. One lane in each direction is available to motorists in all other blocks, and all north-south intersections remain open at this time. Detours may be marked where lanes shift, particularly in the area around Station Square. Motorists will note first floor pilings are now visible in the construction zone for the new Station Square condominium tower. Pedestrians should take special care when walking through that area, as the sidewalk is closed on the north side of Cleveland Street past the Station Square construction zone.
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.