Plymouth Plans $12.8M in Streetscape Improvements Near City Hall
Every September, thousands of people pack Plymouth Boulevard for the annual Plymouth on Parade festivities.
Plymouth Boulevard is well known to people who live in the area, but it will soon be getting an extreme makeover.
“Ultimately this project started because the pavement is starting to deteriorate on Plymouth Boulevard and we needed to do some improvements,” Plymouth Deputy Public Works Director Chris LaBounty told the city council this week.
On Sept. 26, city staff members presented plans of the Plymouth Boulevard streetscaping plan to the mayor and council.
The project would include installing roundabouts at each of the intersections. Pedestrians would also have an easier time getting around and at the Hilde Performance Center visitors would see a complete revamp of the main entrance.
The total estimated cost of these improvements would be $12.85 million. The money would come from several sources.
“Surplus, although we can only spend our surplus once,” Plymouth City Manager Dave Callister told the council. “And the other would be, we’ve got a capital improvement fund that we’ve got set aside, and we’ve also got community improvement funds.”
As for the parade, odds are likely that the city will have to cancel it in 2024.
“This is very impactful for our parade route, which was super fun on Saturday,” said Jennifer Tomlinson, Plymouth’s parks and recreation director. “But we are unable to accommodate a different route for it, so we will be canceling it for 2024.”
Final approval of the project will likely happen early next year. Plymouth city staff members hope to begin construction in April and have all of the work complete by September of 2025.