Main Street Improvements Begin Wednesday

Main Street Improvements Begin Wednesday
 
Posted Date:9/30/2014
Construction to improve nearly half a mile of Main Street in downtown Leesburg will start at 8 a.m. Wednesday. 

The westward lane of the roadway will be blocked, allowing only eastbound traffic from 9th to 14th streets as contractor, Apopka-based Stage Door II, sets up equipment for the eight-month project. Work to remove the existing asphalt surface on the westbound lane will begin Saturday morning. 

Barricades will be set up beginning Wednesday morning and westbound traffic will be detoured to nearby streets. Illuminated traffic signs to inform motorists about construction will be set up on 14th Street. The project requires only one lane closure at a time – access to businesses along Main Street will be maintained. 

The City of Leesburg invites impacted business and property owners to attend a public meeting on Monday, Oct. 6, to learn more about the streetscape project. City staff and representatives from Stage Door II will be available beginning at 1 p.m. in the City Commission Chambers of City Hall, 501 W. Meadow St. 

“The primary purpose of the meeting is to give the contractor an opportunity to talk with business owners within the work zone,” said Leesburg Public Works Director D.C. Maudlin. 

A groundbreaking ceremony with city officials, the architect Bellomo-Herbert and Stage Door II representatives will be at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7 at 1313 W. Main St. 

The streetscape will significantly improve the appearance of Main Street and allow for upgrades to water and sewer lines and storm water collection. Construction will be scheduled on weekdays and some Saturdays. The project is contracted to last through May of 2015 with Main Street set to re-open in early April. 

Leesburg is a progressive city of more than 21,000 residents in northwest Lake County. The city government serves twice as many people with its electric, gas, water, wastewater and fiber-optic public utilities. Leesburg also is a central hub for commerce, attracting 50,000 people to work each weekday. For more information, visit www.leesburgflorida.gov.