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Downtown Pedestrian Mall on hold

City, DLH awaits approval from highway administration

LOCK HAVEN — Those looking forward to dining on Main Street during the Pedestrian Mall will have to wait at least a week.

About eight weeks ago, city staff submitted a request on behalf of Downtown Lock Haven Inc. to close Main Street from its intersection with Jay Street to Vesper.

The Pedestrian Mall was created in 2020 and approved by city council as a way to help restaurants and businesses on Main Street serve more customers while keeping in line with COVID-19 safety guidelines set by the state and federal governments.

DLH Board President Angela Harding said PennDOT approved the application, however it was moved to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) for further approval.

“We’re very confident that with PennDOT’s approval the FHWA will approve it as well,” Harding said.

However, until they receive word Main Street will not be closed this Saturday.

“We understand that this is confusing as all of the barricades have been put in place. We are trying to be proactive and on top of the planning process so that we are ready as soon as we get the word,” a press release from DLH said.

Harding said the plan is to open the Pedestrian Mall on Friday, May 14 pending the FHWA’s approval.

She noted that although they requested certain days over the summer, they are not set in stone yet.

Harding continued, saying if they can get the FHWA on board “we can certainly kick up dirt and get moving.”

Barriers can be seen along Main Street and a portion of the City of Lock Haven Summer Concert Series is set to take place on the mobile Grove Street Stage during the street closures.

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