Construction on the first phase of streetscape improvements began in September 2012 and is expected to be completed in the early fall of 2013. The first phase focuses on Main Street from Memorial Drive and Craghead Street to Floyd Street and on North Union Street from Main Street to Spring Street. Funds are being used to widen existing sidewalks, install brick pavers, create more visible and safer pedestrian crossings, and provide amenities such as outdoor café
space, trees, benches and new lighting.The primary goals are enhancing the character of those blocks and facilitating business there.
The second phase of streetscape improvements began in April 2013 with traffic pattern changes to accommodate the construction of a pedestrian promenade called Gateway Plaza. It will be the home of a large water fountain being donated to the city by JTI Leaf Services. This phase is scheduled to be completed in April 2014.
In addition to the streetscape activity, other recent developments include the following: 1) Patton Street has been converted to two-way traffic to provide better access to businesses and parking lots serving stores on Main Street. 2) A new parking lot is under construction at 500 Main St. 3) A final report soon will be issued from a River District parking study. 4) The city has received state money to connect walking trails on the north and south side of the Dan River, using the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Bridge. 5) Utilities upgrades continue in the River District. 6) Several private investments are being made in the district. 7) Marketing and signage studies will be conducted to better promote the River District.
The River District will be a vital element to the future of Danville and the surrounding region. Please check back in regularly to this site for updates and to provide feedback. Thank you for your interest and involvement in your community.