Date of release: October 29, 2020
The west side of Market House Square will reopen to vehicular traffic on Monday, November 2 in time for holiday shopping. This weekend, City crews will be removing the picnic tables currently located on the edge of the roadway.
The street reopening is in time for the annual Holiday Open House which is set for November 7 and 8. During those two days, local merchants in downtown and other parts of Paducah will preview holiday goods and hold-in store promotions. Visit the Paducah Main Street Facebook page for more information about the participating merchants.
Paducah Main Street Director Katie Axt said, “We are opening up the streets to facilitate take-out dining and curbside pickup for holiday shopping. This year, there is No Place Like Local for giving the perfect gift. When you shop local, you can feel good knowing that unique present also helps sustain the small businesses that hold up our community.”
The west side of Market Square has been closed to vehicular traffic since May 22 to allow the expansion of outdoor seating for the restaurants. Since dine-in services were offered in limited capacity due to the State of Kentucky’s Healthy at Work Guidelines to slow the spread of COVID-19, the City assisted the restaurants by closing the roadway to vehicles and providing picnic tables for use by the designated restaurants.
Paducah Main Street, in partnership with the City’s Public Works and Parks & Recreation Departments, worked with the businesses and restaurants on the Dining on Market House Square! initiative and has received positive feedback.
Axt added, “We are glad that the project helped our local food establishments at a critical time, and we look forward to offering Dining on Market House Square again next spring. Paducah Main Street knows that during these times, flexibility and continuing excellent service are of utmost importance.”
If you would like to provide your feedback regarding the closure of the roadway to vehicular traffic, please send an email to kaxtpaducahky.gov.