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How to navigate for Franklin concert, funeral

The Detroit News
The casket of legendary singer Aretha Franklin is moved from the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit, Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018. Franklin died Aug. 16, 2018 of pancreatic cancer at the age of 76.

If you are planning to be in Detroit Thursday or Friday for the Lions game, Jazz Fest or the Aretha Franklin tribute concert or funeral, here is what you need to know about navigating the changing routes: 

Aretha Franklin's funeral

The City of Detroit is adjusting traffic enforcement around Greater Grace Temple ahead of the Aug. 31 funeral of Aretha Franklin, but urge 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 traffic from passing through.

The Detroit Department of Transportation is also rerouting the No. 17 Eight Mile bus. Westbound traveling 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. 

Later in the day, the funeral procession will head to Woodlawn Cemetery, located on Woodward Avenue. Motorists should expect periodic street closures along the procession route: east on Seven Mile, north on Livernois, east on Eight Mile and south on Woodward. 

Tribute concert traffic

For the tribute concert Thursday, the city is again relaxing parking enforcement, allowing parking at meters and lots around Chene Park for the duration of the event. However, any vehicles blocking driveways or alleys, parked in corner clerances, at handicap signs or bus stops will be ticketed and possibly towed. 

Concert-goers should use Chene to access the parking lot on Chene near Jefferson.  Individuals may access a second parking lot using Chene or Franklin.  

 Expect traffic to be heavy, with the Lions final preseason game and the Jazz Fest also taking place downtown Thursday. 

“We are urging anyone coming downtown for these or any other events to arrive very early to make sure they can park and get to their venue on time,” said Ron Brundidge, the Detroit Department of Public Works director. 

The Michigan Department of Transportation is urging visitors traveling to Chene Park to use Interstate-375 and exit at Jefferson.  Those attending the Lions’ game should exit at Bagley off the Lodge Freeway, exit at Mack off I-375, and exit at Rosa Parks Boulevard using I-75. Visitors also are encouraged to avoid Larned due to utility related lane closures. 

If you're trying to get to Chene Park, the city encourages public transportation, including DDOT, SMART or the QLine to get downtown and DDOT buses to get to Chene Park.

Traffic restrictions around Chene Park for the concert:

  • Chene will be two lanes southbound to allow access to parking lots
  • Chene will be closed at Jefferson once parking lots are full
  • Restricted traffic on Atwater between St. Aubin and Dubois
  • No traffic on Atwater from Dubois to Chene
  • The Chene Park box office will open with access off of Jos. Campau at Atwater