Friday, November 30, 2007

Heavy Traffic on Saturday

Lots going on tomorrow afternoon and evening. From the City's website:

Saturday will be a busy day in Carbondale. The Saluki football game will begin at 2:30 p.m. The Carbondale Community High School boys basketball team will host East St. Louis at 5:00 p.m., the Lights Fantastic Parade will begin at 6:00 p.m., and the Saluki basketball game will begin at 8:30 p.m.

Beginning at 3:00 p.m., East Mill Street from South Wall Street to South Illinois Avenue and South Washington Street from College Street to Grand Avenue will be closed to accommodate the staging of the parade.

Beginning at 5:30 p.m., Main Street (Illinois Route 13 West) will be closed from Wall Street to University Avenue (U.S. Route 51 South), Walnut Street (Illinois Route 13 East) will be closed from University Avenue (U.S. Route 51 South) to Washington Street, Illinois Avenue (U.S.51 North) will be closed from Mill Street to Oak Street, Jackson Street will be closed from Illinois Avenue (U.S.51 North) to Washington Street, and Washington Street will be closed from Jackson Street to Walnut Street (Illinois Route 13 East).

It is anticipated that all streets will reopen at approximately 7:30 p.m.


They should leave all the streets open during the parade and then wait to see what happens!!!!

I'm going to try to take my daughter to the parade, then my wife to the basketball game. Two area families that always showed up for the parade declined this time, worried about traffic, etc. The couple that would have joined us for the game also backed out. Despite the positive spin from the Chamber and the City, most people I talk to think the parade should have been re-scheduled.
The parade has run on the 1st Saturday in December for seventeen years now. The committee responsible for it moved up the start time half an hour to help accommodate the basketball game. The University knew the date of the parade a year in advance yet scheduled the basketball game after it anyhow.
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