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Two-lane Rockland Main Street to return Nov. 1

By Stephen Betts | Oct 27, 2020
Photo by: Stephen Betts Rockland's Main Street

Rockland — Rockland's Main Street will return to two lanes early Sunday morning, Nov. 1.

The city began making adjustments downtown as a way to assist restaurants and shops following the COVID-19 pandemic that reached Maine in mid-March.

The city closed off Main Street to vehicle traffic during two weekend evenings at the end of June from Park Street to Glover's Passage. That was done to allow businesses to use the street.

Then by Aug. 18, the city reduced much of Main Street to one lane, placing Jersey barriers and neon green "delineators" so that restaurants could set up tables and thus expand the amount of customers they could serve.

City councilors also said they would discuss during the winter what steps could be taken if the pandemic is still ongoing in the spring.

The one lane arrangement was met with mixed reactions with some businesses using the change to boost their income while others said it interfered with deliveries and reduced parking.

Oak Street will remain closed until Jan 2.


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Comments (9)
Posted by: Richard McKusic, Sr. | Oct 28, 2020 13:57

Suppose they will have enough foresight to take all this barriers down tonight before the snow? I would certainly hope so.  What a mess that would be!

Posted by: Valerie Wass | Oct 28, 2020 08:26

If you have a question or want to voice your opinion, that is what our city councilors are there for.  I have recently been emailing them about questions I have.  They were there to give me answers.  So much better for me than complaining all the time and not getting the facts.

Posted by: Valerie Wass | Oct 28, 2020 08:24


Curious, do you live in Rockland?


Posted by: Trudy H Black | Oct 28, 2020 05:56

Thank goodness.... thought this was a stupid idea.

Posted by: Trudy H Black | Oct 28, 2020 05:55

Good....thought that whole idea, was stupid....

Posted by: Marybeth Wadsworth | Oct 27, 2020 18:55

Great news. I'm all about safety and I do take the virus seriously, but this plan was horrible. No input from the public and made a mess of our beautiful Main st. We want our Main st back.

Posted by: Crawford L Robinson | Oct 27, 2020 15:28

Thank goodness there will soon be less 'friendly pedestrians' diving into the roadway from behind every other car, jersey barrier or tree.... anywhere except a crosswalk. Sadly half of them are staying and buying up every house in Knox County trying to outrun Covid~45. Soon the flatlanders will be making plans on turning their new quaint way of life into whatever they left behind and imposing it on us forever citizens.

Posted by: Stephen K Carroll | Oct 27, 2020 11:41

Really enjoyed the more pedestrian friendly Main Street. This winter we can return to the old fashioned “bombing the rotary” as the local police smile and wave as they pass by with the jazzed up exhaust

Posted by: Valerie Wass | Oct 27, 2020 09:29

I am elated to read this!!!

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