The City of Longview is constructing streetscape improvements on Commerce Avenue to better the appearance, safety, and accessibility of our downtown with enhancements including improved lighting, new sidewalks, benches, landscaping, public art and outdoor gathering places to make the area more attractive for visitors, shoppers, bicyclists and pedestrians.
The first phase of the Downtown Streetscape project was constructed in 2014 and improved three blocks of Commerce from Washington Way to Broadway with new sidewalks, crosswalks, landscaping, lighting, irrigation and furnishings as part of the revitalization effort. Phase 2 will improve one additional block of Commerce from Broadway to Hudson Street. Weather permitting, construction of the second phase will begin in fall, 2015. Phase 3 is planned to be constructed in 2017 or as additional funding is secured.
Weekly coffee talks were held at Hole-E-Rollers (inside the Merk) during the first few months of construction of Phase 1. These meetings were discontinued due to lack of attendance but may be rescheduled at a later date as we near construction of Phase 2 in fall, 2015.
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8-14-2014: 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)
8-4-2014: Downtown Streetscape Project Press Release:
Together with Senator Patty Murray, State and County officials, the City of Longview will formally kick-off construction of its Downtown Corridor Improvement project at 10:00 am on Thursday, August 14th with a Groundbreaking Ceremony at the Columbia Theatre Plaza, 1231 Vandercook Way.
To improve business access during construction, on August 11, Commerce Avenue was converted to a single lane of one-way north-bound traffic between Broadway and Vandercook Way. Businesses will remain open with access maintained throughout the construction area, and on-street diagonal parking will remain available on Commerce Avenue. Pedestrians and motorists are encouraged to visit and shop downtown during construction and are advised to use 12th Avenue, and 14th Avenue to access the public parking lots downtown to access Commerce Avenue in the north-bound division.