In preparation for an influx of motorists traveling along Savannah-Chatham Highways during the firework displays on the Fourth of July weekend, The Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department has implemented a traffic operations plan to reduce delays and relieve congestion
SCMPD officers will be strategically located on U. S. HWY 80 and in the Downtown corridor where historically long back-ups, short tempers, and occasional low-speed traffic crashes occur following the fireworks display.
Starting on the evening of July 3, additional officers will be posted along HWY 80 to monitor traffic flow. Officers will be posted at main intersections along HWY 80 and will be manually operating traffic lights to ensure traffic is steadily moving westbound from
With an estimated 60,000 spectators in the downtown area for the 4th of July fireworks on
To ensure the safety of our officers, and help minimize delays, motorists should be vigilant, patient, and obedient to officers directing traffic. This especially means NOT stopping to ask officers for directions.
Public parking lots on
River Street will close to vehicular traffic Saturday at and will reopen early Sunday morning.
The conclusion of the annual fireworks brings with it significant traffic challenges. The bulk of the people leaving downtown after the fireworks display want to get onto I-16. As a result, most motorists try to get onto
· Prohibiting southbound traffic on MLK from
· Traffic on
· Price Street will be open and can be used to get to
· Additional signage will be deployed to assist driver in locating the alternative routes to I-16. Those who are not familiar with the direction the detour is taking them should be mindful of the signage and use it
· Traffic headed towards the island via
As a reminder, parking vehicles on the
Metro Police wishes everyone a Fun and Safe Fourth of July weekend!