On June, 25, government and civic leaders will cut a ribbon to commemorate the end of construction on Newark’s Main Street.
Beginning at 4 p.m. that day,Main Street will be closed to vehicle traffic from Chapel Street to South College Avenue for an evening that welcomes people back to Main Street, a release from the city.
From 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., downtown Newark restaurants and retailers will extend their seating to the roadway to accommodate larger crowds while maintaining a minimum of six-foot social distancing.
Free parking will be available in Newark municipal lots 1, 4, 6 and 7 as well as the University of Delaware Trabant Garage and Lang Development lots located behind Bing’s Bakery, Taverna, Pomeroy Station and Burger King.
“Main Street looks better than ever and we’re thrilled the improvements are complete,” said Mayor Jerry Clifton. “We hope Delawareans come out to support our businesses who have given back so much to their community despite the challenges they’ve faced over the last several months.”
The project got underway in May of last year and involved streetscape changes as well as a total overhaul of pavement.
Estimates had indicated the project would take two years. The timetable was shortened and accelerated further with the COVID-19 crisis that led to the closing of many businesses and the University of Delaware.