Sections of three downtown streets will close at 4 p.m. Saturday for the Bragg Jam music festival, and one block of Second Street will remain closed for nearly three months.
Cherry Street from Second to Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, and Third Street between Mulberry and Cherry streets, will close for Bragg Jam and reopen as soon as they’ve been cleaned after the evening concert crawl, Macon-Bibb County spokesman Chris Floore said in a release. Cherry Street Plaza will be also be closed Saturday morning.
The block of Second Street between Cherry and Poplar Streets will stay closed to vehicle traffic, and at 9 a.m. Monday a groundbreaking ceremony will be held there on the “vision block” for the planned Second Street Corridor.
Mayor Robert Reichert wants to turn Second Street into a landscaped, pedestrian-friendly corridor from east Macon to Mercer University, including a curving connector that links Second with Little Richard Penniman Boulevard. The downtown “vision block” is meant to give a look at how the whole corridor may eventually appear.
“Everything we’re doing along this block will be to encourage foot and bicycle traffic,” Reichert said in the release.
Two lanes on the block should reopen in 10 to 12 weeks, and the remainder of the street in three to four months, Floore said. While work goes on, people can still use the sidewalks, businesses on the block will remain open, and the SunTrust Building parking deck exit will stay open.
To contact writer Jim Gaines, call 744-4489.