Downtown transformation continues with streetscape project
The focus of construction activity around the historic 1885 Courthouse square as part of the city's streetscape project continues in the third quadrant of the transformation.
That area reaches out for about a half block in each direction from the intersection of Tenaha and Logansport streets. Concrete curbing has been partially poured showing the outline of the future streets.
City Manager Chad Nehring recently told Center City Council members activity in the area has progressed rapidly after demolition of the old streets was completed.
“Landscape installation in the first two quadrants (focused out a half block from the intersections of San Augustine and Austin streets and Nacogdoches and Austin streets) and interior of Q4 (intersection of Shelbville and San Augustine streets) should have also begun with tree installations and should include shrubs and sod within the next few weeks,” he said at a late September council meeting.
“Mid-block crosswalks are being installed and exterior sidewalks are still being renovated in multiple areas,” Nehring said. “It is anticipated that electrical mains allowing for light operations will be installed soon.”
Construction was starting Thursday, Oct. 15, on walls at the intersection of San Augustine and Austin streets.
“The block benches/seat walls should also begin being installed in the next few weeks as will permanent street sign poles with benches, urns and trash cans arriving within the month,” Nehring said at the late September meeting.
For more photos from the downtown Center streetscape project on Oct. 15, 2020, please visit: https://lightandchampion.smugmug.com/Downtown-Center-transformation-continues/