Parking spots disappear in downtown Gainesville

Streetscape project began in August

Gainesville says it is eliminating, effective immediately, parallel and angled parking along a busy street in downtown Gainesville: the removal of parking spaces on a stretch of Spring Street in Gainesville comes as part of the city’s downtown streetscapes improvement project.

From the City of Gainesville website…

Effective immediately, all parallel and angled parking along Spring Street between Bradford and Green streets has been temporarily eliminated pending work on phase two of the City of Gainesville’s downtown streetscape improvements project.

The spaces on that block became unavailable as of Monday, Oct. 26, as crews shifted the Spring Street travel lane to allow for sanitary sewer work.

“We anticipate the shift to last 3-4 weeks depending on the weather,” said Gainesville Public Works Deputy Director Matt Tarver.

Those traveling in the area are urged to drive carefully, and watch for construction workers and equipment during this time.

Work completed and/or started in October includes: storm drain improvements along Spring Street between E.E. Butler Parkway and Green Street, with streetscape improvements adjacent to the old Regions Bank building underway; continued streetscape improvements along Washington Street between E.E. Butler Parkway and Green Street; and streetscape improvements also underway along Green Street between Spring and Washington streets adjacent to the old Regions Bank building.

As of Monday, work was expected to continue along Washington, Green and Spring streets for the next few months. Sanitary sewer work in the alley between Bradford Street and the Jackson Building remains pending.

“Staff will provide updates on necessary road/lane closures and water service interruptions as necessary,” Tarver said.

All work described is part of phase two of the city’s downtown streetscape improvements project, which got underway in August.

The streetscape improvements project is just another effort by city leaders to beautify and draw more visitors to downtown – the home of the historic square, a hub for popular dining and retail establishments.

In 2017, the city began designing plans to extend the streetscape from the historic downtown square: along Washington and Spring streets to E.E. Butler Parkway, and along Bradford Street to Academy Street.

Phase one, completed in November 2019, consisted of improvements along Main and Broad streets.

Work on Washington, Green and Spring streets is projected to be completed by February 2021, with an overall project completion date targeted for summer 2021. Bradford Street, between Washington and Academy streets, will receive upgrades last beginning after the first of the year.

Gainesville-based Strickland & Sons Pipeline is serving as the general contractor over the project.

For timely updates, including regular maps pinpointing areas of work in progress, “Like” @GainesvilleGeorgiaGovernment on Facebook or visit gainesville.org.

Tim Bryant

Tim Bryant hosts Classic City Today, 6-10 weekday mornings on 98.7FM & AM 1340 WGAU in Athens.

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