The early morning parking ban in downtown Worthington has been lift- ed.
At the request of downtown merchants, the city recently removed the "No Parking 7-9 a.m." signs that have stood on the west side of High Street, from the Village Green to New England Avenue, for about the past decade.
The signs restricting parking during the evening rush hours still stand on the east side of High Street, and merchants have no plans to request their removal, said Old Worthington Business Association director Jaime Moore.
"We are continuing to talk with the city and our merchants about parking issues in the Old Worthington district," Moore said.
A major impetus for removing the morning ban was the opening of Sassafras Bakery, 657 High St., about a year ago.
Customers had complained about a lack of convenient parking near the bakery during morning hours, when they wanted to run in and pick up a pastry or a cup of coffee.
"While it has only been a few weeks, we've received lots of praise from Sassafras Bakery and her customers," Moore said.
Worthington City Council decided to place the rush-hour parking bans on High Street in downtown Worthington about 10 years ago. The decision was a compromise between a total parking ban and no ban.
During a meeting in July, council informally agreed to lift the west-side ban.