As the ReVision Florence construction continues there are new street closings to report. Beginning today the intersection of First Street and Highway 101 will be closed to traffic as well as Maple Street and Highway 101. The closings are expected to be in place until the end of the month as crews move northward on highway 101. Businesses will remain open during this period with entrances marked with blue cones. Parking along the construction area remains prohibited. Crews are working on replacing underground utilities, setting new ADA approved sidewalks and working on entryway structures that will be the focal point of entering the Old Town portion of Florence.
The city of Florence has set a date and time for the dedication of the new mural on the east and south sides of the Central Lincoln PUD building. It will be on Wednesday, August 7th at 11 a.m. Attendees are asked to park at the Florence Event Center as parking at the site is limited.
The Friday night Block Party filled Bay Street with visitors that came to celebrate the city and to hear music. The total number of visitors to the event has not been calculated, but the street was filled with residents and visitors for 4 hours of music and activities for all ages. The city also celebrated its second year as a Coast Guard city that evening.
Lane County has been awarded funds to assist in public transportation. Budget shortfalls in two projects will receive help from the Oregon Department of Transportation. The Florence-Yachats connector will receive 450 thousand dollars and an additional 1,233,000 dollars has been earmarked for the Florence-Eugene Intercommunity Route. That project is slated to connect Eugene and Florence by linking the two communities of a major travel corridor to the coast, effectively closing a gap in the Statewide Travel Network. The program is a two year pilot program and information on when the program will begin has not yet been released.