The first block of the Streetscape project has received most of its final touches. Crews have recently cleaned and applied sealant to the pavers in the first block of the streetscape project, the final layer of asphalt has been installed and amenities are being added. The landscaping including palm trees, greenery and annuals, will be planted in all four blocks in the fall.
Progress continues on the Ft. Harrison Avenue to Garden Avenue block. Crews have completed the paver installation from Ft. Harrison to Garden avenues on the north side of the roadway and are now working on the south side of the street. Curb work and the planter wall in the median is also underway and should be complete in the next few weeks. The contractor expects to have the streetscape work in this block completed by early June.
Cleveland Street remains closed between Ft. Harrison and Garden avenues and motorists can expect additional closures in the coming weeks. The Garden Avenue intersection will close May 29 for four weeks while the streetscaping treatment is completed and the old water main removed. The last block, between Myrtle and East avenues, will be closed until May 30 for completion of the storm work. The sidewalk remains closed in front of the Station Square Condominium project, and motorists are reminded to use caution where lanes shift in the 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.
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 questions.