Cleveland Street Streetscape Phase III and Mercado

  • Project typeConstruction and streetscape improvements
  • Project scheduleJuly 2021 to May 2023
  • Contractor nameGibbs & Register, Inc.
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Construction began Monday, July 26 2021, on the streetscape project. Expect delays and lane shifts as the much-anticipated safety and beautification project on Cleveland Street and Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard continues.

Traffic will continue in both directions, and access to business and residential driveways will be maintained. All businesses will remain open throughout the project planned for completion in May 2023. Bus stop locations may also shift and will be clearly marked. Work will take place Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the project.

The city of Clearwater will be making improvements to roadways on Cleveland Street from Missouri Avenue east to San Remo Avenue and on Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard from Cleveland Street southeast to Court Street/Highland Avenue.

Update:

For the safety of motorists and work crews during construction, a detour will be in place through early December eastbound on Cleveland Street which will direct motorists south onto Lincoln Ave, east on Pierce Street, and then north on Evergreen Avenue to rejoin normal traffic patterns.

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All businesses will remain open during construction

Help local businesses during construction

The Clearwater East Gateway Business and Neighbors Association presents new ORANGE BARREL SPECIALS featuring restaurant specials and special events at places including: Billy Bricks, Charlie's Sushi, DeLukas Restaurant and Bar, Hacienda Corralejo Mexican Kitchen, Julie's, Nature's Food Patch, Philly Joe's, Rock Pizza Subs, and Senor SUBS & Gyros.

Follow Bob on the Clearwater East Gateway Business and Neighbors Association Facebook page to learn more about "Orange Barrel Specials."

Streetscape Biz Assistance

Project Improvements

Reconstruction, Streetscape, and Mercado Improvements Including:

  • Replacement of underground utilities (water, stormwater, and sewer).
  • New sidewalks, bike lanes, safer intersections and turn lanes.
  • Enhanced stormwater treatment planting areas and extensive landscaping.
  • Reconfiguration of on-street parking.
  • Development of the Mercado, a flexible public space at the intersection of Cleveland Street and Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard.

Project Map

Streetscape Map

Scope/Phase Maps

The project will consist of four phases. Access to businesses and residences will be maintained to the greatest extent possible and individuals occupying affected properties will be notified ahead of work in their area.

Phase 1

PHASE 1 

  • Closure of Hillcrest Avenue between Cleveland Street and Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard.
  • Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard from Court Street to Cleveland Street.
  • Cleveland Street from S. Missouri Avenue to N. Hillcrest Avenue.
  • San Juan Court from Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard to S. Hillcrest Avenue.

Phase 2

PHASE 2

  • West Side of Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard from Cleveland Street to Court Street.
    • A) North Side of Cleveland Street from S. Missouri Avenue to N. Lady Mary Avenue.
    • B) North Side of Cleveland Street from N. Lady Mary Avenue to N. Hillcrest Avenue.
  • Mercado: a new public plaza at the intersection of Cleveland Street and Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard.

Phase 3

PHASE 3

  • East Side of Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard from Court Street to Cleveland Street.
  • South Side of Cleveland Street from N. Hillcrest Avenue to S. Missouri Avenue.

Phase 4

 

  • Lane closures for final pavement throughout project.

 

 

Renderings

Plan Concept

Aerials

Mercado

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Reclaimed Water

As part of the city of Clearwater’s ongoing safety and beautification construction project on Cleveland Street and Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard, reclaimed water connections will soon be offered in the corridor.

Properties benefitting from the improvements will be assessed for the cost of the reclaimed water system, an effort that will protect the city’s drinking water and provide funding for the maintenance of the new streetscape improvements.

The first properties to receive access to the new reclaimed system will do so in early 2022, with the new reclaimed water fee appearing on monthly utility bills. The service will be expanded to additional properties throughout construction, which is planned for completion in January 2023.

Connecting to the reclaimed water system is voluntary. If a customer chooses not to tap into the system, a monthly $17.19 availability fee will be assessed on their utility bill. To connect to the system, there will be a $38 deposit and the following tap fee depending on the meter size:

Meter Size Tap Fee
5/8 inch $210.00
1 inch $305.00
1 1/2 inch $675.00
2 inch $935.00
3 inch REF to ORD
4 inch REF to ORD

After the initial deposit and tap fee, the current usage rate for reclaimed water is $1.43 per unit (note: a unit is .748 of a gallon). Current rates for all city utilities can be viewed here.  

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the hours of construction?

Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will also be construction on Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. between Oct. 2 and Nov. 13 to maintain progress as the holiday season approaches. Construction will temporarily stop Nov. 25 through 28 for the Thanksgiving holiday, and Dec. 24 through Jan. 2 for the Christmas and New Year's holidays. 

When will this construction be over?

Construction begins on July 26, 2021 and is anticipated to be completed in January of 2023.

Will streets be closed?

No. Although select lane closures and shifts will be in place throughout the different phases of construction, traffic will continue in both directions as often as possible. At least one lane of traffic will always be open. Barrels and signage will guide motorists. Access to business and residential driveways will be maintained.

Will on-street parking be maintained?

During construction, on-street parking may not be available in all areas. At project completion, on-street parking will become available again.

Will businesses be closed?

No. All businesses will be open during construction.

Will construction impact my PSTA bus route?

In Phase 1, the only bus stops impacted will be stops #4593 and #4599 on the south side of Cleveland Street at Lincoln and Frederica avenues. These stops will be shifted to nearby temporary locations and will be clearly marked. We are working closely with PSTA to maintain access to bus routes through construction.

How will the street be improved for pedestrians/bicyclists?

Pedestrian improvements will include separate designated bicycle and pedestrian paths on both side of Cleveland Street and Gulf to Bay Boulevard. In many areas, these paths will be separated from the street and each other with plantings for maximum safety and user comfort.

Will the existing trees in the area remain during construction?

Fortunately, very few mature trees exist in the project area. A row of trees along the CVS property, the large oak and two smaller trees at San Remo Avenue and De Leon Street, and the trees in the median island at Gulf To Bay Boulevard and Court Street will all remain. The loss of some palms, shrubs, and a few small trees will be made up for in the extensive landscaping of the project. Plants on private property will not be removed.

What type of landscaping will be installed?

Included in the project are the planting of 132 trees, 128 palms, and almost 18,000 shrubs/groundcovers in addition to sod.

Will a reclaimed water line be installed and do I have to connect to it?

Yes. Reclaimed water is essential to irrigate the extensive landscaping we are adding to the streetscape. Connecting to the reclaimed water system is voluntary. If a customer chooses not to tap into the system, a monthly $17.19 availability fee will be assessed on their utility bill. To connect to the system, there will be a $38 deposit and the following tap fee depending on the meter size:

Meter Size Tap Fee
5/8 inch $210.00
1 inch $305.00
1 1/2 $675.00
2 inch $935.00
3 inch REF to ORD
4 inch REF to ORD

After the initial deposit and tap fee, the current usage rate for reclaimed water is $1.43 per unit (note: a unit is .748 of a gallon). Current rates for all city utilities can be viewed here

What is the Mercado?

The Mercado will be a new flexible-use public plaza space created at the intersection of Cleveland Street and Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard.

  

Location

Cleveland St. and Gulf to Bay Blvd., Clearwater 33755  View Map

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