The first phase of the curbless, pedestrian-friendly rebuild of Flagler Street appears to be one step closer to completion, new photos show.
The $32 million project will see Flagler rebuilt as a “festival street,” designed to be more inviting to walk on, with cars placed at the same elevation as pedestrians.
Photos show that pavers are now being installed. There are also new trees that were just planted, along with traditionally styled lampposts.
New features will include wider sidewalks, more shade trees and other landscaping, outdoor dining areas, lighting and signage improvements, public art, and smart city technology.
New utilities, including power, gas, fiber optics are also being installed to prepare for new vertical developments in the area.
Bollards will allow for the complete closure of the street to cars. Some parking spaces will also be removed, in favor of seating areas for restaurants.
A total of five phases are planned. Groundbreaking took place 10 months ago in May 2021, with an original completion estimate of 30 months for all five phases. By October, the project was said to already be 20% over budget due to the complex utilities found under the street.
(photos: Michael Schall)
The five phases, each to take eight months: