Downtown improvements

Work continues on the $8.6-million downtown improvement project in Rockwall.

The $8.6 million downtown improvement project in Rockwall is nearing completion, according to a newsletter put out by city officials.

“We’re almost there, and we’re beginning to see it come together,” said Rockwall Main Street Manager Bethany Browning.

Browning said the project, which started in October 2013, is massive, yet it has been significantly completed

“Now, citizens can drive through downtown and get a feel for what it’s actually going to look like,” she said.

The voter-approved capital improvement project is designed to create a pedestrian-friendly destination and includes parking and sidewalk enhancements, as well as infrastructure and streetscape improvements.

It also includes installation of lighting with landscaping.

The improvements also comply with the Americans With Disabilities Act.

Parking — and an additional 200 spaces — is also part of the project, which is slated to be completed in late 2015.

“Reconstructed streets, new parking lots, new public spaces, landscaping and street furniture are transforming downtown into a great public space that all of Rockwall can enjoy,” Browning said.

The project, according to a placard in San Jacinto Plaza, focuses on strengthening the city’s historic downtown core by creating a pedestrian connector along San Jacinto Street from Olive Street to Rockwall City Hall.

There will be lane restrictions and intermittent road closures during construction, but people will have access to businesses in the project area.

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