St. Joseph parking, traffic detours announced for Independence Day

By Tony Wittkowski | Business Reporter | The Herald-Palladium

ST. JOSEPH – There will be limited parking below the bluff and restricted parking in the downtown St. Joseph residential area for July 4.

Temporary no parking signs will be posted in the affected areas to help with the flow of traffic and pedestrian safety, said Steve Neubecker, deputy director of the St. Joseph Department of Public Safety.

“Residential streets above the bluff – west and east of Main Street – will be posted no parking on the south and east sides,” Neubecker said in a release. “All alleys will be posted no parking.”

Residential streets below the bluff that include Market, Pearl, First, Second and Third streets east of Lions Park Drive will have no parking on their north sides. West of Lions Park Drive on Second will have no parking, and Third Street will be posted as no parking on the south side.

Following the fireworks, Neubecker said traffic north of the St. Joseph River will be detoured north on M-63 and east on Klock Road.

“When detoured on Klock Road, please do not travel to Main Street in Benton Harbor back to Main Street downtown St. Joseph,” he said in the release. “The southbound traffic lanes on M-63 at Klock Road will be closed for a short period of time to allow traffic to clear in downtown St. Joseph.”

Motorists are asked to find an alternate route to avoiding downtown St. Joseph due to the heavy traffic congestion, which is expected after the fireworks.

Traffic south of the river will be directed onto Main Street from Port, Ship and Broad streets. Neubecker said traffic from the Silver Beach and Lions Park area using Park Street will be directed south on Lake Boulevard to Lakeshore Drive.

The Blossomland and Bicentennial bridges will be closed from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Contact Tony Wittkowski at twittkowski@thehp.com or (269) 932-0358. Follow him on Twitter @tonywittkowski.

(Author’s Note: This article was originally published on June 29, 2015)

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