Pardon our Progress: Construction on Central Avenue

If you’ve been Downtown recently, we’re sure you’ve seen the construction on Leontyne Price Boulevard and Central Avenue. The City of Laurel has contracted out 2 major projects this year to aid in traffic, water and sewer infrastructure, re-pavement, and for the beautification of our Downtown.

Above is a visual conceptualization of the Leontyne Price Corridor project to provide improvements to the Boulevard for entry off the 1-59 interstate, including a new roundabout, turn lane, and more. This project is already underway, as well as the second project further up Central avenue to realign an existing roundabout, repave, and repair infrastructure.

During this construction period, some of the businesses on Central Avenue and Short 7th Avenue are more difficult to access by vehicle. However, they are still open for business! Put on your walking shoes and park at another location Downtown, and make sure to still #shoplocal and #eatlocal at:

Pasta Bella

Sweet Somethings Bakery & Sweet Somethings Bed and Breakfast

Forever Nutrition

The Loft on Central Avenue

Bella Bella

Two a Tee

The Boutique on Central

The Knight Butcher

Office Products

New Look and The Spotted Dog

Bird Dog Café



It’s always important–now more than ever–to support our small, local businesses in the area affected by construction. We’re calling on you to join us in making an effort to walking a few extra steps to eat, shop, and stay on Central and Short 7th Avenues!

If you have any questions or concerns, please direct them to The City of Laurel.

Below are 2 flyers with more detailed information released by The City of Laurel in March, 2021. Please be aware that construction dates are always subject to change due to weather or other extenuating circumstances.


Thank you to The City of Laurel for prioritizing important infrastructure under the streets and the beautification and improvement of Downtown Laurel! And of course, thank you to all the locals, and visitors alike, that are supporting all of Laurel even when things don’t look as pretty.

“People are dying to get Downtown!” Photo by local photographer, Chad Edwards-MCE Photography

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Written by Susan Ladd

Susan Ladd is a native of Franklin, TN. She recently moved to Laurel with her husband, Dr. Seth Ladd. She is an undergraduate of University of Tennessee, Chattanooga where she obtained a degree in Child and Family Studies. Since college, Susan has spent most of her career in customer experience positions. In her most recent role, she was the Experience Concierge for Ramsey Solutions in Nashville, TN where she curated events and experiences for clients. Susan takes pride in impacting others through experiences and her interactions with them. She is excited to use her time from living in places like Nashville, Franklin, Chattanooga, TN, New York City and Asheville, NC to enhance the experiences in Laurel. Susan and her husband are excited to be building a future in Laurel and feels privileged to build on the strong foundation that Laurel Main Street provides.