Parades: good for walkers, bad for drivers

To lessen traffic, free bus service will be provided between Juneau, Douglas

Posted: Thursday, July 03, 2003

Juneau residents hoping to drive in downtown Juneau and Douglas on Friday, July 4, can expect delays and detours for most of the day, according to Juneau police.

To lessen traffic, free bus service will be provided between Juneau and Douglas for most of the day.

The Juneau parade will begin at the Department of Labor parking lot on West Eighth Street, continue down Egan Drive to South Franklin Street, up Franklin to Front Street, down Front Street to Main Street and then continue on Egan to West 10th Street near the Douglas Bridge.

Floats and other participants will begin assembling at the Labor Department parking lot at 6 a.m. Friday. The parade will begin at 11 a.m. and finish by about 1 p.m.

No-parking signs will be posted on the route between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. Friday.

Douglas parade participants will begin assembling at about 1 p.m. at Gastineau Elementary School. The parade begins about 1:30 and heads down Third Street, ending where it turns into St. Ann's Avenue at around 2 p.m.

Douglas Highway and Third Street from Capital View Court to St. Ann's will be closed from 12:30 to 5 p.m. Cars will not be able to access the route from B, C, D, E, F, G or I streets during the parade. Following the parade, I Street will be open to traffic. The parade route, home to several events after the parade, will be posted with no-parking signs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Vehicles failing to comply with the no-parking rules will be impounded and not available for pick-up from Glacier Towing until Monday, police said.

Gray Line Tours will offer free bus service between Juneau and Douglas about every 20 minutes from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Douglas stop will be Gastineau School. The Juneau stop is the Alaska State Museum from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Marine Park from 2 to 6 p.m.

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