Cherry Street Facelift To Begin Today

The new sidewalks, bricks and tree planters installed in front of the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts Corner Cafe along East Third Street earlier this year. A similar streetscape project will be constructed along Cherry Street, between Fourth and Third streets starting today. P-J photo by Dennis Phillips

Cherry Street is about to be given a facelift.

Today the Jamestown Public Works Department will start the streetscape improvement project to Cherry Street, between Fourth and Third streets.

During a city Planning Commission meeting Tuesday, Jeff Lehman, city public works director, said there will be no curb work, but tree planters will be moved and three handicapped accessible ramps will be installed to three buildings. He said existing pedestrian and traffic signal poles will be painted. He added the work will be done this year.

The project will also include replacing existing concrete sidewalks and street pavers will be added. City officials will also be milling and resurfacing the street pavement and will be adding removable bollards that will be used during downtown events to close streets off to vehicle traffic.

According to a news release Wednesday from city officials, Cherry Street between third and fourth will be closed to traffic starting today.

The project is expected to last two to three weeks.

Lehman said the Cherry Street streetscape project will be similar to what was done along East Third Street in front of the Reg Lenna Center for the arts earlier this year. The East Third Street streetscape project included the installation of new sidewalks, decorative brick, new planters and a heated sidewalk, which Reg officials purchased.

The streetscape projects are being funded with the $610,000 city officials received through the state Downtown Revitalization Initiative program. With the funding city officials received three streetscape projects will be done. The other streetscape project will take place along West Third Street, between Washington and Cherry streets.

A streetscape is the visual elements of a street, including the road, adjoining buildings, sidewalks, street furniture, trees and open spaces, that combine to form the street’s character.