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South Market Street to Open to Pedestrians as COVID-19 Precaution

Press Release

Beginning Saturday, August 15th, South Market Street will be closed to vehicular traffic between Church and State Streets from 9 am to 5 pm daily. The closure, which will remain in effect through the end of 2020, was arranged in partnership with City Market vendors and staff to facilitate social distancing for patrons of the market and other local business in the area. 

The South Market Street traffic lane will reopen at 5 pm daily, but the vendor loading zones will remain closed for pedestrian use. Existing crosswalks will not be impacted.

City Traffic and Transportation staff will begin staging barricades and traffic delineators Wednesday, August 12th, and will monitor the resulting traffic flow and adjust as needed.

Traffic and Transportation Director Keith Benjamin said, “This project in the City Market, which was vetted by members of both the city’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Citizen’s Advisory Committee and City Council, will create a safer environment for pedestrians and allow for proper social distancing throughout the market area. We are grateful to the City Market staff, vendors and surrounding small businesses who worked on this project with us and look forward to continued collaboration.”

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