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Posted on: May 27, 2014

[ARCHIVED] Expect Traffic Detours And Delays During Annual Western Days Parade

The annual Western Days Parade will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 31 and will cause significant road closures and detours to ensure the safety of participants and spectators during the event.

In north Twin Falls, Falls Avenue from Blue Lakes Boulevard to Harrison Street will be closed from 6 a.m. until 1 p.m. in order to provide a staging location for parade floats. Addison Avenue will also be closed from Harrison Street to Elm Street from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. and Blue Lakes Boulevard North from Falls Avenue to Shoshone Street and Addison Avenue will be closed from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. In addition, the outermost southbound lane of Blue Lakes Boulevard North in this section will be closed at 6:30 a.m. for the Magic Valley Community Fun Run.

In south Twin Falls, Shoshone Street from Addison Avenue to Second Avenue South will be closed from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. The outermost southbound lane of Shoshone Street in this section will be closed at 6:30 a.m. for the Magic Valley Community Fun Run.

The parade route is as follows:

Starting Point: Falls Avenue at Frontier Road
Parade Route: 1st leg - East from Falls Ave. at Frontier Rd. to the intersection of Falls Ave. and Blue Lakes Blvd. North.
2nd leg - South from Falls Ave. at Blue Lakes Blvd. North to the intersection of Shoshone Street at Blue Lakes.
3rd Leg –Southwest from Shoshone at Blue Lakes to the intersection of Shoshone at 2nd Ave. South
Dispersal Point: 100 and 200 blocks of 2nd Avenue South.

Numerous police agencies and citizen volunteers will help with traffic control along the parade route. The Twin Falls Police would like everyone to be aware of the following:

- As in previous years, all vehicle traffic will be blocked from crossing both Blue Lakes Boulevard North and Shoshone Street from approximately 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Rerouting traffic ensures the safety of the large amount of pedestrians along the parade route and to allow parade floats to move unobstructed. If you will be traveling during the time of the parade, please plan your route accordingly.

- In the past, there have been instances in which small children have been injured after running onto the roadway to gather candy thrown to them from passing floats. The Police Department asks that all parents attending the parade watch their children closely and prevent them from running onto the roadway. All of the parade participants in the parade have been warned that throwing candy from their float is illegal and that they will be escorted from the parade if they violate this City ordinance.

- In order to prevent parking congestion, please park your vehicles two to four blocks away from the parade route. Be careful to allow yourself enough time to walk to the parade route and please do not block the driveway to any home or business. There will be no parking allowed in the 400 and 500 block of Shoshone St. East and Shoshone St. North.

- We ask motorist driving into the City of Twin Falls from the Perrine Bridge area to plan ahead. All thru southbound traffic on Blue Lakes Boulevard North will be diverted to the east at Falls Avenue East. We recommend that all motorists use alternate routes before entering the parade area, utilizing Pole Line Road to travel either to the east or west side of Twin Falls. We recommend all truck traffic traveling through Twin Falls to go west on Pole Line Road to Washington Street North or to remain on Pole Line road to Highway 93, or travel east on Pole Line Road to Eastland Drive, then south to Kimberly Road. This will allow traffic to avoid street closures.

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