LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - More than two years after its construction began, detours on Center Street in Longview slowly disappeared this week. But, it's a celebration for Longview residents that's more than a decade in the making.
On Tuesday, Center St. was opened to all traffic, marking the end of the last phase of a reconstruction project that started back in the early 2000s. According to the City of Longview's website, the project included Tyler St., Fredonia St., Methvin St., and most recently Center St.
"Here's the amazing thing, if you've been around Longview for any time, you know we've been doing construction in the area, and really, all around town for some time," said Shawn Hara, media relations specialist with the city. "It's a long-term project. But, right now, the streets are open. It's a big deal."
To celebrate the end of the massive project, the city and One Hundred Acres of Heritage, Inc. will host a special event on June 21 called "The Last Piece: Celebrating Sweet Success in Downtown Longview."
"It's going to be the last slice of cake for all of the works that's been happening," Hara said. "A ceremonial slicing of cake to mark the end of all of the work that's happened downtown."
The special event is scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m. June 21 on Center St., between Methvin and Whaley streets.
According to Director of Public Works Rolin McPhee, "This is the culmination of many years of planning and construction work that was originally identified in the late 1990's during a long-term strategic planning process for improving Downtown Longview. The work was conducted on various streets as the funds were available. We know that construction can be an inconvenience while it is taking place, but the end result is a greatly improved streetscape as well as infrastructure for Downtown Longview, the heart of our community."
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