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Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police, striving to reduce delays and relieve congestion during the annual July 4fireworks display Thursday, are keeping a close eye on the weather for adjustments.
The possibility of thunder showers has been forecast for the week. The storms can affect traffic plans for the Downtown celebration. Attendees are advised to check weather forecasts and plan accordingly.
Under the current plans, additional officers will be posted starting on the afternoon of July 4th, in the Downtown area where historically long back-ups, short tempers and occasional low-speed traffic crashes occur following the annual fireworks display.
Some delays are anticipated for the estimated 60,000 spectators coming in the downtown area. Officers will be working intersections in the festival area and on Hutchinson Island to assist with traffic flow, prevent bottle-necking and help move motorists safely.
To ensure safety and help minimize delays, motorists are asked to be vigilant, patient, and co-operative. Officers directing traffic will not be able to stop and answer questions.
Public parking lots on River Street will be closed beginning Thursday around 3 a.m. and will remain closed until early Sunday for the First Friday event that follows the July 4 festivities. River Street will close to vehicular traffic Thursday at 4 p.m. and will reopen early Friday morning.
All traffic and parking laws will be enforced on Hutchinson Island. Vehicles parked in the roadway, or parked in a manner that obstructs traffic will be towed at the owner’s expense.
SCMPD’s Juvenile officers will be on scene to ensure the safety of Savannah’s youths. Curfews (11 p.m. on weeknights) will be strictly enforced for those Downtown and not under parental supervision.
Police specifically will address the need for most leaving the fireworks presentation to access Interstate 16. Non-Bay Street traffic will be directed away from MLK Boulevard to other routes, such as Whitaker and West Bay streets to exit the Downtown area. Westbound traffic on Bay Street will be directed to East Lathrop Avenue to access Interstate 16 via Louisville Road. Vehicles will not be allowed to turn from Bay Street onto MLK Boulevard or Whitaker.
Police recommend drivers use city parking garages where they will be provided maps for the easiest routes leaving Downtown following the fireworks. Motorists are encouraged to plan ahead, expect delays and heed posted signage. The key components of the traffic plan include:
As a reminder, parking vehicles on the Truman Parkway, and Talmadge Bridge is dangerous and illegal. Officers will be assigned to prevent it.