Cleveland Street Streetscape crews are still working on the installation of the 12-inch water main on the north side of Cleveland Street between Fort Harrison and Garden avenues. This week, the existing street curbs and brick planters between Watterson and Garden avenues will be demolished as work begins on the sidewalks. Downtown patrons are urged to take advantage of new wire mesh trashcans that have been placed along the sidewalks and at street corners in an effort to minimize litter in the construction zone.
On the south side of Cleveland Street, crews have completed boring beneath the railroad crossing and installed casings, or sleeves that will hold utility lines. The work has expedited the water main connections on that side of the street.
Work is also continuing on the large storm drain from Osceola Avenue to the seawall. The large cube-shaped structures along the route will be buried to accommodate locations where the storm pipe intersects other underground utility lines.
Downtown patrons are reminded that businesses remain open during Streetscape construction, and are invited to take advantage of the two hours of free parking in the Garden Avenue Garage. One-hour parking places are also available on Osceola Avenue from the Clearwater Main Library to the corner of Cleveland Street.
The next Streetscape Hard Hat Meeting will be 8 a.m., Sept. 28, Constant Cravings, 516 Cleveland St. Officials will discuss current project topics and welcome input from those affected by construction. Free coffee will be offered.
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