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Main Street traffic to be restricted for State Theatre marquee lighting

Several blocks of South Main Street will be restricted to one lane of alternating northbound and southbound traffic as workers prepare for the marquee’s Grand Illumination and during the two-hour ceremony at the renovated State Theatre on Wednesday.

Traffic also will be prohibited on the side streets of East and West Culpeper streets, East and West Locust streets, East Stevens Street and East and West Scanlon streets. Motorists wishing to avoid the bottleneck and congestion should use Blue Ridge Avenue, South West Street and South East Street to head north and south through town. This new one-way alternating traffic pattern will be in effect from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Dec. 19.

Officials must block off the northbound lane of South Main Street from Scanlon Street to Culpeper Street to allow for the crowd expected to witness the marquee lighting and attendant festivities scheduled from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The public parking lots on West Locusts and West Culpeper streets will be accessible, but through traffic along those streets to Main Street will be prohibited.

Parking along Main Street from Culpeper Street to Scanlon Street, including in front of the Post Office, will be prohibited from noon Wednesday to midnight. Workers will be setting out traffic barriers to facilitate the alternating traffic pattern in that area of Main Street. Temporary no parking signs will be placed on existing poles as a reminder of the parking restrictions.
Electronic message boards will advise motorists of the event ahead so that they may take alternate routes. Flaggers will direct the alternating traffic on Main Street, which will be restricted to one lane for seven hours. Police also will assist with blocking off the various streets and assist pedestrians crossing Main Street at designated intersections.

The municipal parking lot at Town Hall in the 400 block of South Main Street will be closed for parking so that a police command post, medical personnel and out of town media may set up.

Traffic lights at Davis and Main and Scanlon and Main will be placed on flashing to facilitate traffic flow.

Town public works officials hope to have traffic flowing on Main Street by 10 p.m. or as soon thereafter as they can remove the barricades and signs.
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