Cleveland Street Streetscape Update
provided by the City of Clearwater
The third block of the Cleveland Street Streetscape is nearing completion as crews finish installing pavers on the northwest corner of East Avenue and Cleveland Street in front of the U.S. Post Office. Sidewalks are open with the exception of that corner. Decorative concrete spheres surrounding the median planter in the middle of the block have been installed and only the large pots on the sidewalks and amenities have yet to be placed. An Oct. 5 celebration is being planned for the completion of this portion of the project.
In other blocks of the project, demolition has begun on the final block between East and Myrtle avenues. In the coming weeks, crews will also begin landscaping the entire project, beginning at Osceola Avenue and working east. All construction is expected to be complete by the end of November.
The third block between Ft. Harrison and East avenues is expected to be opened to traffic within the next week or so. In the fourth block between East and Myrtle avenues, travel lanes have been shifted and merged to one lane in each direction to accommodate demolition on the south side of the street.
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.
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., Sept. 27 at Starbucks, 433 Cleveland St. City and construction officials will be on hand to answer the public's questions regarding the project.
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