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Downtown road closures, restrictions

The Detroit News

Before you head to America’s Thanksgiving Parade and Turkey Trot in Detroit on Thursday, beware: there are many road closures and viewing restrictions along Woodward Avenue.

For motorists traveling downtown Thursday: Woodward from West Grand Boulevard to Warren will be closed completely from 5 p.m. Wednesday through 2 p.m. Thursday.

Woodward from Warren to Jefferson will shut starting at 2 a.m. until the parade ends. Emergency vehicles will be allowed to cross Woodward at Warren, Mack/MLK, Alexandrine, Montcalm and Adams.

This year, because of work on the M-1 Rail, the parade is in a construction zone. Along Woodward, there are locations where parade viewing is restricted: Woodward from Winder to Montcalm (viewing from west side of Woodward only. No viewing will be allowed on the Interstate 75 overpass.)

The following streets will have limited access:

■ Amsterdam/Piquette from Cass to John R

■ Harper from Cass to John R

■ Palmer from Cass to John R

■ Ferry from Cass to John R

■ Farnsworth/Putnam from Cass to John R

The following streets will be closed starting at 5 a.m. Thursday:

■ Michigan at Cass

■ Fort Street from Trumbull to Woodward

■ Congress from Shelby to Randolph

■ Larned from Shelby to Randolph

■ Shelby from Congress to Michigan

■ Michigan from Cass to Woodward

■ Monroe from Woodward to Randolph

■ Lafayette Boulevard. from Trumbull to Griswold

■ Washington Boulevard from Adams to Congress

■ Atwater from Civic Center Drive to Third

Those streets, including Michigan Avenue and Washington Boulevard, will reopen after the Turkey Trot at about 10 a.m.

Additionally, southbound Lodge exits at West Jefferson/Cobo and Larned Street (Exits 1A & 1B) and the northbound Lodge exit at West Jefferson (Exit 1A) is closed during the entire parade. The Larned exit will reopen after the Turkey Trot ends.

Detroit officials are also reminding parade watchers that building scaffolds and any device without a city permit is prohibited during Thanksgiving events in downtown Detroit on private or public property. Violators will receive tickets and the scaffolds will be removed.

For lost children

Parents can look for lost children at the Detroit Police Department Downtown Services, 20 Atwater, or call (313) 237-2850 or (313)-237-2828.