Coast Guard Festival traffic plans

Becky Vargo • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:39 AM

While police are making every effort to accommodate residents and visitors, there will be traffic restrictions and everyone is asked to pay attention to temporary traffic signs, Grand Haven Department of Public Safety Director Jeff Hawke said.

On Saturday, Aug. 4, Streets near Lakeshore Middle School, 900 S. Cutler, will be blocked for the staging of the festival’s Meijer Grand Parade starting at 9 a.m.

“All streets within a two-block radius will be closed off to accommodate the staging area,” Hawke said. “In addition, no traffic will be allowed west of Eighth Street on Washington, Franklin and Pennoyer streets.”

The entire parade route will be closed to traffic at 10:30 a.m. The parade starts at 11:45 a.m.

Hawke said anyone expecting guests in that area should ask them to arrive before 9 a.m. Once the parade starts, only parade and emergency vehicles will be allowed along the parade route.

Streets will be closed again starting at 6 p.m. for the Coast Guard Festival fireworks finale.

This includes Harbor Avenue, from First to Sherman streets, and all streets west of Fourth Street, from Jackson to Franklin Avenue.

Anyone looking for parking for any downtown activities on Aug. 4, can park on Harbor Island, or one of several other Park and Ride locations handled by Harbor Transit any time between 9 a.m. and midnight that Saturday.

Other Park and Ride locations in Grand Haven include: Griffin Elementary School, 1700 S. Griffin; Trinity Reformed Church, 1330 S. Ferry St.; and First Christian Reformed Church, 516 S. Ferry St.

Pick-up locations in Spring Lake include the Spring Lake Presbyterian Church, 760 E. Savidge St.; and Harvest Bible Chapel, 225 E. Exchange St.

The Park and Ride located in Ferrysburg is the Ferrysburg City Hall, 17290 Roosevelt St., at the Ridge Street entrance.

There is a $1 per ride fee for the shuttle service. There is also a $2 per car charge for those parking on Harbor Island.

The fireworks start at dark and are preceeded by a performance of the Grand Haven’s Musical Fountain and an introduction of Coast Guard dignitaries.

Getting out of town after the fireworks:

Several of the main roads on the west side of U.S. 31 will be converted to one-way streets to help get traffic out of town more quickly.

Harbor Island (north and south): Two lanes of traffic will head toward the highway. The north lane will be for those wanting to travel north. Vehicles in the south lane will be required to turn right (south) on U.S. 31.

Jackson Street (north, east and south): Four lanes heading east. The two left lanes will turn north on U.S. 31. The center right lane will go straight across, while the right lane will turn right, or south.

Columbus Avenue (north and south): There will be two lanes of traffic heading west, as is normal on this street. People in the north lane will be required to turn north on U.S. 31. Vehicles in the south lane will turn south.

Washington Avenue (East and south): There will be two lanes of traffic. Vehicles in the north lane will go straight across U.S. 31 to the east. A left-hand turn will not be allowed. Those in the right lane will go south.

Franklin Avenue (Going south only): There will be two lanes of traffic heading east. Both lanes will be required to turn right (south).

Franklin is also the official emergency vehicle route. One lane of traffic will be blocked off for emergency use from 6 p.m. until midnight.

The shuttle route from Harbor Island will be closed to traffic from 9 a.m. Saturday through 2 a.m. Sunday

Third Street from Washington Avenue to Coho Drive, and all of Coho Drive from U.S. 31, will be closed to through traffic from 9 a.m. Saturday until 2 a.m. Sunday. Vehicles will be able to come off U.S. 31 onto Coho drive for the Harbor Island parking only.

Maps showing parking, traffic routes and restrictions are available on the Coast Guard Festival website at www.cgfest.org under Family Fun, Fireworks Extravaganza. They are also , and on the GHDPS website at http://www.grandhaven.org/news-room/ under Public Notices and Press Releases.

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