The main downtown intersection in Pacific Grove is getting a real spiffing up.
Work started this week on a beautification project at Lighthouse and Forest avenues, which will leave the intersection closed to traffic starting Monday through the end of March.
The project includes new concrete brick sidewalks and crosswalk pavers, landscaped "bump outs" extending from the sidewalks, street trees and other plants.
"Most of our citizens, friends and tourists go through this intersection at one time or another," said Public Works Director Mike Zimmer.
The project, which is being done by Nor-Cal Contractor, is supposed to be wrapped up by April 4, possibly sooner, before the city's April 13-14 Good Old Days celebration.
Unlike many public works endeavors, the $190,000 intersection project is being paid for with a $309,000 bequest made in 2007 by Jeannette McIndoo to help beautify downtown, restore the Point Pinos Lighthouse and plant trees.
It took a downtown improvement committee a few years to pick out and plan the project.
Zimmer said the intersection will stand out from others downtown, but it is hoped the project will spur more of the same.
"It's going to be the model for what we want to do at every intersection between Congress (Avenue) and 13th (Street)," Zimmer said.
Larry Parsons can be reached at 646-4379 or firstname.lastname@example.org.