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The City of Harrisonburg is working on Phase 2 of the Downtown Streetscape Project to take "Our Next Steps" on enhancing the already beautiful downtown area. Improvements include sidewalk reconstruction, addition of curb ramps, and replacement of traffic signal poles, lighting, and landscaping. Phase 2 of this project will take place on the west side of Main Street from Bruce Street to Court Square and on the east side of Main Street from Elizabeth Street to Wolfe Street. More project-specific information is available at www.HarrisonburgVA.gov/Downtown-Streetscape-Next-Steps.

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During construction, some businesses will have a temporary inconvenience outside their front door. Construction will take place block by block. The entire project area will not be under construction at the same time. The city and its chosen contractor will work closely with each business that will be impacted to make the appropriate accommodations.

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Topic: Scope of Work

Improvements that will be made during this phase of the project include sidewalk reconstruction, addition of curb ramps, the replacement of the existing traffic signals with decorative traffic and pedestrian signals, improved lighting, and landscaping.

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Topic: Expense

Phase 2 of the Downtown Streetscape Project is estimated to cost $1.4 million. Funding for this project comes from the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) Transportation Enhancement Funds and city funds.

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The anticipated project schedule is: Contractor selected - April 2014, Construction begins - May 2014, and Construction is complete - December 2014.

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