The City of Longview is constructing streetscape improvements on Commerce Avenue to better the appearance, safety, accessibility and re-create the small town charm we love about downtown. Improvements include new lighting, sidewalks, benches, landscaping, irrigation, public art and outdoor gathering places to make downtown more attractive to visitors, shoppers, bicyclists and pedestrians.
The first phase of the construction was completed in 2014 and improved three blocks of Commerce from Washington Way to Broadway. We are excited to announce that construction of Phase 2 began in September, 2015, extending the streetscape improvements to Hudson Street. Weather permitting, construction is expected to take about two months to complete and, during that time, Commerce will be temporarily converted to a single lane of one-way, south-bound traffic in order to safely conduct the work and maintain on-street parking.
A third and final phase of construction is planned in Spring, 2017.
Weekly "Coffee Talk" Meetings:
Weekly coffee talks are being held every Wednesday at 9AM at Old Creekside Café, 1323 Broadway so people can gather to share ideas, discuss concerns, and find out what construction activities will be happening 1-2 weeks in advance. If you want to receive regular email updates about the project, or want to provide early feedback, please fill out the Questionnaire below.
Ride the Trolley to Visit Downtown!
An old fashioned trolley will be available to ride downtown every Wednesday and Thursday from 11am to 2pm during the month of September or longer (weather permitting) while streetscape improvements are being constructed. Catch the trolley at 1333 Broadway at the top of every hour and half-hour and look for designated trolley stops on Commerce, and 12th and 14th Avenues. For a route map and more information, please check out the link below.
For additional information, please contact:
Phase 1 Groundbreaking Ceremony:
From left to right: Craig Nygaard (RC Northwest), Amy Blain (Civil Engineer), Mayor Don Jensen, Senator Patty Murray, Jeff Cameron (Public Works Director), Gloria Spencer (City Intern), and Craig Bozarth (City Engineer)