A $3.8 million project to improve downtown Leesburg officially started Tuesday morning with a special groundbreaking attended by city leaders, business owners and other guests.
“I am excited as a resident of Leesburg who has seen downtown transform itself. Main Street has become a vibrant part of our city,” said Leesburg Mayor John Christian. “I just believe that if we all work together and continue to keep Leesburg moving forward, this will be a centerpiece of our great city.”
The ceremony on Main Street attracted several dozen people including city officials, contractors, members of the Leesburg Partnership, the Leesburg Area Chamber of Commerce, Lake County Economic Development and others.
Streetscape construction will significantly improve the appearance of Main Street from 9th to 14th streets, resurfacing the existing asphalt, adding decorative sidewalks, crosswalks and streetlights, building a large entry feature and allowing for upgrades to water and sewer lines and storm water collection.
Construction is scheduled on weekdays and some Saturdays through May of 2015.
“We think that an important part of getting Leesburg moving forward is to invest in Main Street,” said Leesburg City Manager Al Minner.
A top priority is to keep traffic moving through downtown during construction. Access to businesses will be maintained. The project requires only one lane closure at a time – other vehicles will be detoured around the work area.