The City of Longview is constructing streetscape improvements on Commerce Avenue to better the appearance, safety, and accessibility of our downtown with enhancements like better street 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 will begin in August, 2014 to construct new sidewalks, crosswalks, landscaping, lighting, irrigation and furnishings as part of the revitalization plan for the Downtown Commercial area . Phase 1 will construct improvements on Commerce Avenue from Washington Way through the Broadway intersection. Engineering design is complete for the entire focus area – Commerce Avenue from Washington Way to Hemlock Street. Construction of the first phase will be completed in 2014; the second phase will be constructed when additional funding is secured.
Coffee-Talk meetings will be held every other Thursday in September, October and November (starting September 11, 2014 and ending November 20, 2014) from 2:00 to 3:00 PM at Hole-E-Rollers inside the Merk. The civil engineer and contractor will be attending to discuss coordination issues and reviewing construction activities that are planned for the following week.
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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 will be 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. The identifying color for this project is GREEN.