CLEARWATER – City of Clearwater leaders moved forward with the final phase of the Cleveland Streetscape Project during a workshop on April 3 at City Hall.
Council members approved a work order from Bellomo Herbert and Company Inc. in the amount of $217,520 as the project enters into its third and final stage.
The final stage of the Cleveland Streetscape project will extend from Missouri Avenue to San Remo Avenue to the east, and will include Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard, from its intersection with Cleveland Street up to the downtown gateway at Court Street.
According to the plan, vehicular travel lanes will be reduced from four to two, with one going in either direction with a center lane dedicated to left turns and passing.
The first phase of the streetscape project was implemented in 2008 and included enhancement to the pedestrian environment and encouraged private development.
The second phase was implemented in 2012, and included the same goals as the first phase, and focused on drawing residents and visitors downtown.
According to city staff, the third phase of the plan will be in keeping with the first two phases, but will incorporate a “Complete Streets” approach to the area, which will focus on safe access for all users, including pedestrians, motorists, cyclists and mass transit.
Other design features include the following:
• There will be an overall increase in on-street parking throughout the corridor, including 45 back-in parking spaces on Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard.
• Sidewalks will be replaced and widened, and designated pedestrian crosswalks will be located at each intersection.
• The corridor also will include separate dedicated bike lanes or bikeways in each direction, between the roadway and the pedestrian ways.
• Green space will be incorporated along the roadway and throughout the project to add trees and landscaping.
• Bus stations, some with shelters, will be located throughout the project in areas that provide free access to pedestrians while providing safe separation from vehicular traffic.
• Existing streetlights will be replaced by a new decorative streetlight system and existing power lines for the streetlights will be relocated underground.
• A small pocket park will be created at the intersection of Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard and De Leon Street.
According to city staff, the city will be responsible for the land surveying and any required engineering design and permitting for the stormwater and utility modifications and improvements within or adjacent to the project area.
The estimated project construction cost is $6 million and is expected to be completed within eight months.