Pedestrian-only Main Street to return; fountain roundabout will be closed

It has a name: 'Walkable Main Street Pilot Project '


Last updated 6/26/2020 at 8:25am

Brian Soergel

Last weekend's closure of Main Street to vehicle traffic – now called the "Walkable Main Street Pilot Project," will return June 27-28, at the Beacon reported on Facebook Monday.

According to Mayor Mike Nelson, based on feedback, more street sections will close for outdoor dining and walking, and the timeframe will expand.

Street closures and timeframe

• In order to provide a safe pedestrian experience around the fountain, Fifth Avenue will also be closed, in addition to Main Street between Third and Sixth avenues.

Regarding Fifth venue closures:

• Fifth Avenue will be closed between the alley next to the Historical Museum on the north and Dayton Street on the south.

• Drivers must use Fourth Avenue or Sixth Avenue both days as cross streets.

These street closures will be in effect as follows: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, June 27, and 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday, June 28.

"We have had a lot of positive feedback about the pilot project last weekend," said Nelson in a news release.

"We had some suggestions, and we are now incorporating many of these suggestions. We believe that providing more space for safe and comfortable pedestrian flow helps promote social distancing while still patronizing our local businesses. We strongly encourage everyone to continue to wear masks while enjoying their visit to Main Street."

Nelson encourages businesses in other areas, like Westgate, Five Corners, and in the Highway 99 corridor, to also move tables outside. If it is private property, no additional City permits are needed for these temporary, pop-up events.

In addition to parking on streets in the area, the Edmonds Downtown Alliance has worked with local businesses to make after-hours parking available in various parts of downtown Edmonds, including:

• Bank of America parking lots at Third and Main (after 1pm Saturday, all day Sunday)

• US Bank parking lot at Forth and Dayton (all day Saturday and Sunday)

• Sound Credit Union parking lot at Fifth and Dayton (after 1 p.m. Saturday, all day Sunday)

In addition, the owner of the future Main Street Commons project, Mike McMurray, will continue to make the parking lot at Sixth and Main open to the public during these hours on weekends.

Public porta-potties will be available next to the temporarily closed public restroom building next to City Hall.

The City said it wants to thank local businesses for their participation in Walkable Main Street.

"It wouldn't happen without you," said Nelson. "We encourage residents to come downtown and enjoy local restaurants and retailers. Our businesses have been through a lot these past few months, and your patronage will go far to bringing back the Edmonds business community."

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Brian Soergel

The roundabout at Fifth and Main will be closed to traffic during Main Street's closure.


Reader Comments

Arnold Lund writes:

This is exciting! Love to see this! I hope it works out for us, and that it extends over the weekend of the 4th. Seems like it would be a great opportunity to celebrate in a slightly different--but managed for safety--way with business decorations, perhaps inviting in some of the student and other live music groups, etc.


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