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Broadway Street project finished

A ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday will celebrate new look of old street.

TIMES PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Chuck Wilson, owner of Beaverton Sub Station, was excited in June as construction work was beginning to widen sidewalks in front of his and other businesses along a two-block stretch of Broadway Street.The neon lights may not be bright on Beaverton's Broadway, but the old-time business district has a bright new look after a summer-long streetscaping project.

The city of Beaverton will celebrate the completion of the project with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10:30 a.m. this Friday (Oct. 9). It will be held in front of Art on Broadway at 12570 S.W. Broadway St.

The project included widening the sidewalks on the south side of Broadway between Southwest Hall Boulevard and Watson Street, making room for walkers and trees and cafe tables.

A new brick plaza was created at mid-block and another at Watson was improved before the final paving work was completed recently.

“When we did our first visioning survey in 2010 people asked us to create a look and feel for downtown and improve walkability,” Mayor Denny Doyle said in a news release. “This project shows that not only are we listening to what people want, we’re taking the steps to make it happen.”