2,000 members of public to be allowed in Franklin funeral
Greater Grace Temple in Detroit will now allow 2,000 members of the public to attend Aretha Franklin's funeral Friday.
Bishop Charles Ellis III, pastor of the church, says those who wish to attend should line up outside the church by 8:30 a.m. Ellis said they must be appropriately attired in order to be admitted for the 10 a.m. service.
The line will start at the corner of Shiawassee and West Seven Mile roads.
Video screens have been set up outside the church where the funeral will be broadcast by The Word Network. For those who cannot attend, there are many options for watching the funeral service online and on TV.
The City of Detroit is adjusting traffic enforcement around Greater Grace Temple ahead of the funeral, but urges motorists to obey any No Parking signs posted in the area.
The city will be closing Seven Mile between Berg and Shiawassee roads starting at 6 a.m. Friday. Seven Mile from Berg to Lahser and Seven Mile from Shiawassee to Telegraph will be closed with check points. This will allow residents to access their streets and businesses but prevent other traffic from passing through.
The Detroit Department of Transportation is also rerouting the No. 17 Eight Mile bus. Westbound buses will take Lahser, make a right turn on Grand River and then a right turn on Seven Mile to rejoin the route. Buses headed eastbound will make a right turn on Telegraph, a left turn on Grand River and then a left turn onto Lahser to rejoin the route.