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Main Street Streetscape

7/10/2024: First Street, between Riley and River, will be closed for several days. Please use caution when traveling in the area and thank you for your patience as these upgrades continue.

5/29/2024: Main Street, from Fourth to Six Streets, is now open! While finishing touches, like trees, planters, and benches will be added later this year, the road and sidewalks are officially open. Main Street is now a two-way Street from Fourth to Farm Avenue.
On Monday, June 3, the intersection of Second and Main Streets will close for at least six weeks as part of the Downtown Streetscape Improvement project. The intersections at First, Third, Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Streets will remain open during this closure. Detour signs will be posted ahead of the closure. Please use caution when traveling in the area and thank you for your patience as these upgrades continue.

5/2/2024: The traffic signal at Sixth and Main has been removed. This is a now a stop sign controlled intersection and will remain so for the next year until the Ohio Rail Development Commission and Norfolk Southern install new traffic mast arms and signals for this 4-way intersection. Main Street remains closed from Sixth to Third Street. Please use caution when traveling in the area and thank you for your patience as these upgrades continue. 

4/24/2024: As of today, the intersection of Fifth and Main is open and passable. Main Street remains closed. Please use caution when traveling in the area and thank you for your patience as these upgrades continue. 

4/15/2024: The intersection of Third and Main will be closed on Tuesday, April 16 and will remain closed for at least three days. The alleyways remain open and are the best routes for access and public parking. We thank you for your patience and encourage continued patronage at impacted businesses during this phase of transition.

4/5/2024: As of today, Sixth Street at Main Street will be open to through traffic. Main Street will remain closed from Sixth to Fourth. Crews will be working on Saturday, April 6 to set up curb between Fifth and Sixth Streets.
On Monday, April 8, Main Street between Fourth and Third Streets will be closed. The sidewalks and intersections will remain open at this time. Please use caution when traveling in the area and thank you for your patience as these upgrades continue. 

2/27/2024: The westbound lane of Sixth Street at Main will be closed beginning on Thursday, February 29. This closure is estimated to last approximately 2 weeks. Please use caution and utilize Fourth Street to access addresses along River Street.

2/6/2024: The intersection of Fourth and River is currently closed. There is one lane open south bound on River Street for through traffic. Please use caution when in the area. 

2/2/2024: Fourth Street, including the intersection at Fourth and Main, is now open. Please note that the traffic signal at Fourth and Main has been removed. Motorists should adhere to the stops signs placed on Fourth Street at Main. On street parking is limited.

1/29/2024: This week, crews will be working along Second Street at the intersections of Riley Blvd, Main Street, and River Street during evening hours. Flaggers will be on site to direct traffic. Please use caution when in the area. 

1/25/2024: Due to weather delays, the intersection of 5th and Main will be closed starting on Monday, January 29, 2024. 

1/18/2024: On Monday January 22, 2024, the intersection of 5th and Main will be closed as water main replacement continues. Weather may have an impact on anticipated dates. We will receive more information with updated timelines on Monday. We thank you for your patience and encourage continued patronage at impacted businesses during this phase of transition.

12/21/2023: Main Street currently has one lane open through 4th Street, and will remain open throughout the weekend, until early Tuesday morning. 
Please continue to support our downtown businesses during this holiday weekend. Thank you all for your continued patience as these updates are being made.

12/18/2023: Main Street, between 4th & 5th Streets, is closed with an anticipated re-opening in late January. The alley ways remain open and are the best routes for access and public parking. We thank you for your patience and encourage continued patronage at impacted businesses during this phase of transition.

12/11/2023: Fourth Street, from Riley to River, is closed until further notice. Benjamin Franklin Way is open at 3rd Street, and closes at 4th. The alleyway next to the Food Truck Park is open at 5th, but also closes at 4th. Thank you for your patience as we work toward revitalizing our downtown community.

11/29/23: On Monday, December 4th, Main Street, from Sixth to Fourth, will be open to local traffic only. The intersection at Fourth and Main will be closed. Sixth Street, Fifth Street, and the alley way behind the VFW will remain open at this time.

These closures will last for several weeks and will change frequently. Thank you for your patience as we work toward revitalizing our downtown community.

11/7/23: Downtown residents and businesses are invited to an informal meeting with the Main Street Streetscape contractor on Thursday, November 9th at 1:00pm. This meeting will take place outdoors, at the corner of Fourth and Main. Participants are welcome to ask questions about the upcoming road closures and work that begins on November 13th. 

At this time, it is anticipated that Fourth Street between Main & River will be closed from 11/13 through 11/26. The intersection at Main and Fourth is scheduled to be closed from 11/27 – 12/10. These are estimated timelines and are subject to change.

What: Meeting with Construction Contractor
When: Thursday, November 9, 2023 at 1:00pm
Where: Corner of Fourth and Main Streets 

11/6/2023: Construction for the Main Street Streetscape project will begin on Monday, November 13, 2023.

At this time, it is anticipated that Fourth Street between Main & River will be closed from 11/13 through 11/26. The intersection at Main and Fourth is scheduled to be closed from 11/27 – 12/10. These are estimated timelines and are subject to change.

To receive updates on the project, including upcoming closures or delays, please visit https://bit.ly/3OyvR8C and be sure to check “Downtown Updates” in the Notification Groups.

AIDED BY URBAN PLANNERS AND ARCHITECTS, THE STREETSCAPE PROJECT UPDATES CRUCIAL INFRASTRUCTURE AND WILL CREATE PEDESTRIAN-FRIENDLY WALKWAYS AND GATHERING SPACES THAT WILL TRANSFORM THE DOWNTOWN INTO A WELCOMING HAVEN. 
To help bring energy, interest, and investment into the area, it is crucial to update aging infrastructure and create a pleasant environment along Main Street. The Main Street Streetscape project includes: 

  • Replacement of the water mains, storms sewers and lining the sanitary sewers
  • Moving the overhead electric on Fourth Street underground
  • Upgrades to electrical power system to handle larger loads and update aging equipment.
  • Reconstruction of Main Street from First Street to Sixth Street, including some side streets
  • Replacing the curb, sidewalk, pavers, and street lighting 
  • Removing the traffic signal at Fourth Street, modifying the signal at Second Street, and converting Main Street to two-way traffic
  • Creating bump outs at the intersections for pedestrian safety
  • Installation of street trees, parking meters, furniture, and planters
  • Installation of a lighting structure, and catenary lighting at Fourth Street.

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