April 24, 2017
Work to improve the Jefferson Boulevard streetscape could begin as soon as this week.
The boulevard is receiving a little over $2 million from 2012 bond funds, which will go toward sidewalks, crosswalks, lighting and landscaping.
Plans call for trees in the medians and sidewalks, and bricked crosswalks will be added to the intersections at Adams, Bishop, Madison and Zang. Besides that, the stretch of Jefferson between Adams and Zang will be repaved with new asphalt.
The sidewalks will remain pretty much the same, but the city will repair any cracked and broken places in sidewalks and medians.
Low pedestrian lighting will be added to walkways, and the overhead street lamps will be replaced with new LED ones.
There will still be head-in street parking and a four-lane roadway with no bike lanes.
A previous proposal for Jefferson had called for a wide median with space for kiosks and vendors, a vision based on Las Ramblas in Barcelona. But that plan was scrapped for a more straightforward makeover.
The work is expected to be completed in December.