The Union Recorder

June 28, 2013

MPD: Fireworks to alter Saturday traffic

From staff reports
The Union-Recorder

MILLEDGEVILLE — The Milledgeville Police Department wants everyone to enjoy the city’s Independence Day fireworks Saturday, while being cognizant of safe travels to and from the display. 

Maj. John Davis with MPD said officers will be stationed at major shopping centers and at intersections from the two Walmart entrances south to the intersection of Garrett Way and North Columbia Street.

Police officers will establish presence on Dunlap and Robinson Mill Road also. 

Davis said all cars leaving any location on North Columbia Street will be directed to turn right and travel either north or south depending on what side of the road they have parked. 

If the car is traveling south and needs to turn north, drivers will have to travel to MLK Jr. Drive and proceed to either North Jefferson or Glynn Street/Ga. Highway 22. 

If a driver is traveling north and needs to turn south, then they will need to turn down Log Cabin Road and proceed to North Jefferson. Traffic coming from Walmart will be directed both north and south as needed. 

“The goal is to move the bulk of traffic congestion away from the Milledgeville Mall into less congested areas of the city,” Davis said. “We would ask motorists to understand that they are one vehicle in a very large crowd, and we are trying to return these motorist to their respective homes as quickly and as safely as possible. Please be patient and follow the directions of the officers present.”

The fireworks will launch from behind the Milledgeville Mall and light up the night sky.

This will be the first year that the show is entirely funded and presented by the City of Milledgeville, which could provide a more solid base for the event now and in the future making it a tradition that is here to stay.

Fireworks display company Pyrotecnico helps with the show each year. The crew handles the setting up and launching of the fireworks, as well as the cleanup.

This year’s show will take place shortly after dark Saturday night. A warning shot will be fired off five minutes before the show begins.

There will also be entertainment in front of the mall from 6 to 9 p.m., including live music, balloons, face painting, and other family friendly activities.

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