Cleveland Street Streetscape Update
provided by the City of Clearwater
More than half of the pavers have been installed on the south side of the Cleveland Street Streetscape project's third block between Garden and East avenues. Paver work is complete in front of the Sun Bank Building and the Bank of America Building, and workers are now concentrating on the north and south sidewalks in front of retail establishments just east of the two large buildings.
Crews for the Station Square Condominium project have been working on construction of a pedestrian tunnel to protect passersby in front of the vertical construction at mid-block on Cleveland Street's north side. Only one concrete sidewalk tie-in remains to complete the tunnel in preparation for foot traffic. In the meantime, pedestrians and cyclists traveling on either side of the street are urged to be especially cautious as unwary pedestrians could inadvertently step in newly-poured concrete or freshly-graded sand on accustomed walkways. Workers and equipment could also be blocking portions of the sidewalk making non-motorized travel hazardous. Crews are installing pavers on the west side of the post office, where pedestrians are temporarily directed to use the closed roadway.
Motorists are urged to observe the new traffic rules that are in effect in the completed portions of Cleveland Street from the bluff to Garden Avenue. They include no right turn at Fort Harrison Avenue and Cleveland Street for eastbound travelers, no u-turn at Cleveland Street and Osceola Avenue for westbound travelers and no trucks on Cleveland Street through the downtown area.
With the exception of the block of the streetscape that is currently under construction, all roads and intersections in the area remain open. In addition, commercial establishments remain open and continue to encourage visitors to do business in the downtown core.
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., August 30 at Pickles Plus in the Harborview Center. City and construction officials will be on hand to answer the public's questions regarding the project.
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