Contractor crews are completing details of the second block of the Cleveland Street streetscape, and plan to have the block completed by the end of next week. A block opening celebration that is planned for 3 p.m., June 15 on Cleveland Street between Ft. Harrison and Garden avenues, and the public is invited.
The remaining blocks of the project are also progressing. Demolition for the streetscaping work between Garden and East avenues is underway. Crews have completed water main work and forms for concrete curbing at the intersection of Garden Avenue and Cleveland street are currently being installed. The entire streetscape project is around 73 percent complete.
Cleveland Street is open to traffic between the bluff and Ft. Harrison Avenue, but remains closed from Ft. Harrison Avenue to East Avenue. The Garden Avenue intersection is expected to be closed to north and southbound traffic for approximately another three weeks. All other intersections are currently open. The sidewalk remains closed in front of the Station Square Condominium project, although crews plan to construct a pedestrian tunnel in front of that project when the north sidewalk reopens in July. In the meantime, pedestrians may use sidewalks on the south side of the street.
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, June 28, at Cleveland Street Café, 615 Cleveland St. Free coffee will be available, and officials will be on hand to answer the public's questions regarding the project.