In an effort to support local businesses, the City of Carpinteria will temporarily close Linden Avenue to traffic between Sixth and Eighth streets starting on Aug. 10. Businesses on these blocks will be able to expand into the roadway once they’ve secured a permit through the City. Many cities, including Santa Barbara and Ventura, have similarly closed their main commercial streets to traffic primarily to allow safe, socially distanced dining opportunities for restaurants that are not allowed to seat patrons indoors during this phase of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The closure is intended to be in place until Sept. 8, but the City will be monitoring it and could choose to remove it early. Throughout the closure, Seventh Street will remain open at the Linden Avenue intersection to allow traffic flow. The City Council unanimously approved the closure at its July 27 meeting after receiving a recommendation from the Council’s ad hoc committee focused on economic recovery. The 900 and 800 blocks of Linden Avenue were also considered for inclusion, but fewer businesses from that section had expressed interest in participating.