Q: What are the next steps with the downtown streetscape project?
A: Phase one of the streetscape project emcompassing the east side of Main Street from Bruce to Elizabeth Streets was completed at the end of 2008. We’ve received many compliments from business owners, tourists, and the public for the new brick sidewalks, landscape beds and trees, benches and trash containers and light poles. The WWI Memorial project with new lights, flag poles, limestone wall facing and landscaping has been completed and presents a very attractive southern gateway to downtown.
The wayfinding signs project including the Court Square kiosk, directional signs and parking deck signs is essentially complete. Hopefully within a month or so the contractor will finish installing the attractive and easy-to-read on-street and surface lot parking signs.
The city has contracted for the design and engineering work for the second phase of the streetscape project on the east side of Main Street. In the future Court Square is expected to be the third phase. Currently there are no city funds available for the implementation of this project; however, phase two of the streetscape project was included in a request for stimulus funds and the city is exploring submitting this project for Transportation Enhancement funds.