Edmonds closes Sunset Avenue to allow pedestrians space for social distancing

Edmonds closes Sunset Avenue to allow pedestrians space for social distancing

EDMONDS, Wash. — The City of Edmonds closed a portion of Sunset Avenue North to most motorized traffic and parking, which started at noon Friday.

It’s to allow those walking in the area to maintain a 6-foot buffer zone for social distancing.

Officials closed the road from Edmonds Street to Caspers Street, but still permits those who live along that stretch to drive as needed.

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The city said it expects larger crowds on the walkway as the weather gets warmer.

“Due to increased crowds, people have been walking in the street to maintain 6 feet social distance, while drivers are passing through on this already narrow road. With the nicer weather, increased numbers of vehicles and pedestrians were leading to a situation where it seemed like just a matter of time before someone got hurt,” said Edmonds Mayor Mike Nelson.

The closure is a pilot project, which may be altered depending on what happens in the coming weeks, officials said.