The City projects of the Community Building, 33rd Avenue Viaduct Uplighting, Reconstruction of 15th Street, Downtown Revitalization Study, and Downtown Railroad Grade Separation Study are all progressing forward and energizing the downtown area.
The Community Building work continues toward completing the building enclosure, including the roofing, ongoing laying of bricks, and soon the beginning of windows and doors. The project is on schedule for a late spring 2023 opening and final project completion by the end of 2023.
The 33rd Avenue Viaduct Uplighting project is working towards Independence Day operation. The LED lighting will enhance the structural arches with red, white, and blue lighting providing an inviting and welcoming vibe to the community.
15th Street from 23rd to 27th Avenues includes the reconstruction of the 50 year old plus water mains, storm sewer, and street and sidewalk replacement. The water main and storm sewer work are complete. Loup Public Power District is working on replacing the electrical street light conduits along with the older street light poles for completion next week. The general contractor is scheduled to follow right behind Loup Power’s work and begin paving subgrade operations. Even with the recent rain event, the general contractor has indicated the project remains on the original schedule for opening to traffic in late July.
The Downtown Railroad Grade Separation and Revitalization Studies are ongoing with listening sessions, public forums, business outreach, land and building inventory, transportation and parking analysis, implementation strategies and so forth. The stakeholders and public will have many opportunities to meet and provide input on these studies.
In addition, other developments including the Columbus Public School Kramer Education Center, Samson Green Solutions former Steffy garage redevelopment, and other private work and building enhancements are well underway.
We understand these projects cause some temporary inconveniences, such as getting to the post office, paying your water bill, or visiting the Library; however, the investment in these projects will continue to enhance and energize the downtown area. Thank you citizens and visitors to Columbus for your patience and understanding!