A streetscape project to improve pedestrian connections between downtown attractions will begin Wednesday, July 5. The project is a recommendation of the Downtown Blueprint plan to enhance downtown.

The new streetscapes will feature decorative sidewalks with brick inlay. Historical-styled streetlights will be added. Additional improvements will include shade trees in iron sidewalk grates, new access ramps, drives and drainage structures as well as sidewalk widening at selected crosswalks.

On Wednesday, crews will begin work on the east side of Harrison Street between Pearl and Main streets at the Merrill Lynch building. Other locations will include:

* South side of  Wayne Street from the Library to Harrison at the Central Building frontage
* North side of Washington Boulevard, Harrison and Calhoun Street along Midtowne Crossing and the Fort Wayne Professional Center
* West side of Harrison, Main and Berry Street at Stoner'€™s and Metro Building block
* North side of Wayne, Harrison and Calhoun near Toscani'€™s

* East side of Harrison, Wayne and Washington at the Fort Wayne Professional Center and Harrison Place
* South side of  Jefferson Boulevard, west of Calhoun at the Botanical Conservatory

Each segment is expected to be under construction less than two weeks each. Motorists and pedestrians can expect short delays and inconvenience while the work takes place.

Hipskind Concrete is the prime contractor for the work. The project cost is $741,000, which is financed through the Downtown CEDIT bond. The work should be completed by December 1. City leaders will provide frequent progress reports to businesses and residents to keep the public informed about the project.