The City Council this week approved a $487,000 contract with Swain Construction to start renovations on a small stretch of 30th Street in Florence.
The renovation will include new landscaping; new decorative sidewalks; and added parking along the two-block stretch of 30th Street from Clay to Willit Streets.
Originally we’d reported the project would also add parking on side streets and along 30th Street. At a number of corners the sidewalk will be bumped out toward the street, which the city hopes will slow traffic.
Along the sidewalks, the landscaping will have special “bioswales” to convey water runoff from the sidewalks.
Such ‘streetscape’ projects are also on city officials’ wishlists for other historic parts of town. Meanwhile, work in Florence should continue a little bit ahead of schedule.
Councilmember Pete Festersen says the city hopes to start construction the week of May 14.
“We’re under budget, ahead of schedule, and look forward to completing a project that will increase economic activity and new jobs in the area,” Festersen says.