EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSCharleston Boulevard Rod Run And Doo Wop Opens Thursday; Event To Affect Traffic
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Reported by: Jeff Morris
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Oct. 2, 2013 12:03 PM EDT
Updated: Oct. 3, 2013 1:29 PM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
The Charleston Boulevard Rod Run and Doo Wop opens its eighth season Thursday morning in Charleston and is expected to bring hundreds of cars and thousands of visitors to West Virginia’s capital city.
As the classic cars begin to gather on Kanawha Boulevard, that street and others will be affected by the event, starting Wednesday evening, according to a news release from the city of Charleston.
In preparation for the special event, Kanawha Boulevard will be restricted, beginning at 6 p.m. Wednesday, between Leon Sullivan Way on the East End to Ohio Avenue on the West Side. One westbound lane of the boulevard will remain open between Leon Sullivan Way and Capitol Street and between Clendenin Street and Pennsylvania Avenue.
Drivers can still access downtown Charleston via Capitol Street, but they are encouraged to detour onto Brooks Street and left onto Quarrier or Washington streets if they are trying to get through town from the boulevard on the East End. Between Clendenin Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, one open lane will provide west bound access to the restaurants, businesses and construction site on the block just east of the Elk River.
Traffic will also be restricted on Laidley and Summers streets between Virginia Street and Kanawha Boulevard, and parking on those blocks and in the metered lot behind City Hall will be limited to event-related vehicles.
The fireworks show scheduled for Saturday at 9:15 p.m. will affect traffic earlier on Saturday. At 10 a.m., the sidewalk and southbound right lane of the South Side Bridge will be closed as crews prepare the bridge as a fireworks launch site. The bridge will be closed completely at 5 p.m., and MacCorkle Avenue will be closed at 6 p.m. from Porter Road to U.S. 119. Thayer and Ferry streets will be open to provide access from U.S. 119 only to Louden Heights and Bridge roads until 9 p.m. All those affected streets will remain closed until after the city is finished cleaning up following the fireworks show.
KRT will provide trolleys for shuttle service until 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday during the Doo-Wop. The 20-minute loop route includes several stops along Virginia Street, one block away from activities on Kanawha Boulevard and Magic Island, and connections to the Charleston Town Center and some downtown hotels.
Thousands of car enthusiasts will be packing Kanawha Boulevard this week for the Charleston Boulevard Rod Run and Doo Wop.
The event features antique and classic cars and the show runs Thursday through Sunday. Hours for the car show are 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Events kick off Wednesday with a Mardi Gras Casino and Resort Cruise-In in Nitro.
There will be concessions and vendors, and several concerts also will be featured. Featured concerts include RiverJam, starting at 7:30 p.m. Thursday; The Band Gage and Confederate Railroad starting at 7:30 p.m. Friday; The Diamonds beginning at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
Fireworks will be featured at 9:15 p.m. Saturday.
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