Central Avenue construction gets underway

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By Jennifer Garcia

Construction crews dotted Central Avenue as revamping of the Central Avenue pedestrian crossings and streetscape project began this past Thursday.

According to the county website, the purpose of the project is to ensure pedestrian safety on that busy stretch of road; provide access and compliance with the American Disabilities Act; and encourage downtown revitalization and economic development.

Work began along the south side of Central from 15th Street, near the Bradbury Science Museum, to 6th Street, near Smith’s grocery store. Lanes have been narrowed to establish traffic control.

The south-side parking lane will be closed until approximately mid-October, at which time work will move to the north side of Central Avenue. The sidewalk along the south side of Central Avenue will also be closed from 15th Street to Knecht Street for the next few weeks.

As the project progresses, additional portions of the sidewalk will be closed. Working hours are 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Friday. Construction is expected to last approximately three months.

A county press release stated work to be completed includes the installation of new curb and gutter, sidewalks, sidewalk detail; drive pads, pedestrian ramps, pedestrian lighting, hanging flower baskets, street bulb-out planters, landscaping and irrigation.

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