City of Jacksonville


Mayor and City Council Member Redman to Officially Launch Laura Street Enhancement Project

February 08, 2010

Jacksonville Mayor John Peyton and City Council member Don Redman will join members of the Jacksonville Economic Development Commission, Public Works Department and downtown partners to break ground on the $2.7 million project to enhance the Laura Street corridor.

WHEN: 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 10

WHERE: Laura Street between Bay Street and Independent Drive
(This portion of the road will be closed to thru-traffic during construction. Access to the Modis building garage will be maintained.)

WHAT: This project will further enhance the pedestrian character of downtown Jacksonville's most pedestrian-used corridor by creating a more walkable environment and complement the continual revitalization efforts of downtown.

Unique elements that will be used to make Laura Street the new entryway into downtown Jacksonville include: moving the Andrew Jackson statue to a newly-created roundabout in front of The Jacksonville Landing and installing prominent street markers for better traffic/pedestrian navigation, directional kiosks, historical plaques and cobblestone pavers.

Other design elements include: creating a two-way traffic pattern, acquiring new right-of-way for Laura Street and installing new pedestrian pavement, lighting, landscaping and hardscaping.