Metro police to up safety, direct traffic for July 4th downtown - WKRN News 2

Metro police to up safety, direct traffic for July 4th downtown

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

Metro police plan to have a strong and visible presence in downtown Nashville Friday to ensure the safety of everyone attending the 4th of July celebration.

More than 140,000 people are expected to attend “Let Freedom Sing.”

The fireworks display, which will begin at 9:45 p.m., will be the city’s longest and largest show yet.

The Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge will be closed to people at 8 p.m. Viewing the fireworks from the bridge will not be permitted as it is in the “fallout” zone.

The Woodland Street Bridge, however, will be closed to vehicles at 8 p.m. Friday night to allow people to watch the show from there.

Parking will be available at the Music City Center parking garage and the LP Field for $10 per car. Further information can be found at ParkItDowntown.com.

Since so many people are attending, Metro officers plan to direct traffic out of the downtown area so it moves smoothly.

According to their release, this is how they plan to route the traffic flow:

  • Vehicles parked on the north side of Broadway will be directed to the west on Commerce Street, Church Street, Union Street and Charlotte Avenue
  • Vehicles parked on the south side of Broadway will be directed to the east or west on Korean Veterans Boulevard and to the south on 8th Avenue
  • Vehicles parked on the LP Field campus will be directed east on Woodland and Shelby Streets to the interstate system
  • Vehicles parked on the north side of LP Field will be directed east on Woodland Street and north on North 1st Street to the interstate system;
  • Vehicles parked on the south side of LP Field will be directed to take Davidson Street to South 5th Street to the interstate system
  • Vehicles parked on the south side of Korean Veterans Boulevard will be directed south on 4th and 8th Avenues.

The police department urges everyone attending the event to be mindful of their surroundings, and if see something suspicious to say something.

If needed, officers will be nearby and on-hand. Attendees can also call 615-880-1515 to report concerning behavior.

For a list of other area 4th of July celebrations, click here.

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