There's plenty of construction activity in the second block of the Cleveland Street streetscape as its completion nears. Concrete has been poured to define the new medians and distinctive, decorative planters. The installation of the pavers on both sides of the street is nearly complete, and electrical work is underway. Crews expect to complete all major streetscape work on this block within the next week or two, and a June 15 celebration is being planned for 3 p.m. at the intersection of Ft. Harrison and Garden avenues.
Meanwhile, storm drain work is progressing in the remaining two blocks of the project, and crews have removed the old light poles in preparation for streetscape work between Garden and East avenues.
Cleveland Street is open to traffic between the bluff and Ft. Harrison Avenue, but is closed from Ft. Harrison Avenue to East Avenue. The Garden Avenue intersection is currently closed for water main work and streetscaping treatment, and is expected to remain closed for several weeks. All other north and southbound intersections are open. The sidewalk remains closed in front of the Station Square Condominium project. Pedestrians may use sidewalks on the other 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, 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.