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Lower Main Street road closure returning to Galt this summer

Main Street from Ainslie Street to Water Street will be closed to vehicle traffic between May 17 and October 15
Vendors lined up as part of the Grand River Pride street party during the Main Street road closure last June.

The Downtown Cambridge Business Improvement Area has announced a section of Main Street will once again be closed this summer.

Lower Main Street between Ainslie Street and Water Street is set to be barricaded off to vehicle traffic from May 17 to Oct. 15 in hopes of increasing pedestrian foot traffic in the core.

"We're thrilled to announce plans to once again close lower Main Street," Brian Kennedy, executive director of the Downtown Cambridge BIA, said.

"This decision comes after the resounding success of previous road closures and the overwhelming support from our community and our BIA members for its continuation. This initiative aligns with our ongoing efforts to make downtown a vibrant place for visitors and locals alike to spend time."

The annual closure began in 2020. Following the 2022 and 2023 closures, feedback was sought from local businesses regarding their thoughts on how it went.

Generally seen as a success by most, Kennedy is excited for what 2024 has in store.

While details have yet to be released on what's planned, Grand River Pride, KW Dog Friendly and various vendor markets have set up events in the past.

Kennedy believes the core stands out among others due to its intricate local offerings and architecture, similar to what people might find overseas. 

By closing down the road during the warmest months of the year, he hopes it showcases everything Galt has become known for.

"People should visit Downtown Cambridge because it offers a charming European-like experience boasting some of the best retail shops, cafes and restaurants in the area, each offering a unique experience all year round," he said.

"Not to mention when you visit during the summer when Main Street transforms into a pedestrian-friendly area, teeming with lively patios, music and events. It truly feels like stepping into a European piazza right here in Cambridge."

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