Pedestrians will notice a sheen on the sidewalk between Osceola and Ft. Harrison avenues. Contractor crews have recently cleaned and applied sealant to the pavers in the first block of the streetscape project. Motorists will note the final layer of asphalt that has been installed on the roadway in that block, eliminating the puddles that were forming at the curbs during heavy rains.
Progress continues on the Ft. Harrison Avenue to Garden Avenue block, as crews will be completing the paver installation from Watterson to Ft. Harrison avenues on the north side of the roadway and then continue the work on the other side of the street. Paver sealant application is planned for the end of next week on the north sidewalks in this block, and sidewalks will temporarily close while the work is done and to allow time for the sealant to dry. Curb work in the median is also expected to get underway next week. The contractor expects to have the streetscape work in this block completed by early June.
While Cleveland Street remains closed only between Ft. Harrison and Garden avenues, motorists can expect additional closures in the coming weeks. The Garden Avenue intersection will close the end of May for its streetscaping treatment, and the work there is expected to take about three weeks. The sidewalk remains closed in front of the Station Square Condominium project, and motorists are reminded to use caution where lanes are shifted.
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.
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.