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Downtown Renaissance Continues with “Streetscape” Improvements; Temporary Closure of Broadway Required as New Sidewalks, Pavers, Planters, Trees are Installed

Redwood City, CA - September 28 , 2005 – One look downtown and it’s easy to see that the City’s new Retail-Cinema structure is continuing to make great progress. As the new building takes shape, the City is now starting on major improvements to the surrounding streetscape – improvements which are designed to enhance and complement the new Retail-Cinema and Courthouse Square projects now underway.

To begin this exciting new phase of work, two blocks of Broadway between Jefferson and Hamilton will be completely closed to vehicular access for the next several months, beginning on Monday, October 3rd. See the map for an outline of the new Broadway closure, as well as the street closures already in place since October of 2003 (portions of Middlefield and Winslow).

The City wishes to assure the community that pedestrian access to the businesses in this area will be maintained – special signage is being installed to let people know that businesses are open and accessible, and clear, easy access will be provided in order to minimize the impact to these downtown businesses. As we work to make these dramatic improvements to Broadway, the community will still have easy access to the Fox Theatre and Little Fox Theatre, Le Boulanger, Meridian World Travel, Great Hair Cuts, Bob’s Court House Restaurant, and Prestige Portraits.

The City would like to thank motorists, pedestrians, and especially the businesses in the affected area for their patience and understanding, and apologizes for this inconvenience. The temporary street closure is necessary to minimize the overall construction time and impact. This short-term inconvenience will lead to the entire community’s enjoyment of the new streetscape including artistic new sidewalk and street pavers, new high-quality planter boxes, new street trees, and many other beautiful design details. All scheduling is subject to change due to weather or other circumstances, and the City will keep the downtown community informed of any new schedule information.

More information on the Downtown Renaissance is available at The City has installed a 24-hour phone message line for people to leave their questions and comments about Downtown projects – the Question Line number is 650-780-7563. Staff will check messages daily and respond as needed.

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Brian Lee
Senior Civil Engineer

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