Monday afternoon was an exciting time for everyone involved with the Cushman Street Reconstruction Project. A street celebration and ribbon cutting ceremony were held. Chris Miller, President of the Downtown Association of Fairbanks, was the Master of Ceremony. Mayor Eberhart also spoke saying, “This is an important project for our Golden Heart City. It provides great improvements for vehicles and pedestrians and new utility infrastructure. This project brings a new feel to the downtown area. It is intended to make downtown Fairbanks a destination. This project will help enhance the vitality and quality of life for our downtown. It is a step toward reclaiming downtown as an active and vital center, the historic and cultural heart of the community. We have already seen many new businesses open downtown. Please support those businesses by coming downtown.
Thanks to the members of the steering committee, the design and construction team from the City of Fairbanks, Exclusive Paving, and the utility companies. Thanks also to the Downtown Association of Fairbanks, the businesses DTA represents, and all the businesses and citizens of our community who weathered the construction season last year and earlier this year. We appreciate your patience and understanding”.
Funding for this project was provided by the State of Alaska to the City of Fairbanks and the Fairbanks Metropolitan Area Transportation System. The cost of construction was approximately $10.5 million.
The Clarence Pate Project and the Cold Steel Band performed. There were also food trucks: Alaskana Kitchen, The Hungry Robot, Sugar Monkey, Villante’s Meatballs, Sticky Sweet Snow Cones, and Zorba on the Run.
Thanks everyone for making the project and Monday’s event such a success.