Solving traffic troubles

Published 12:00 am Friday, June 30, 2000

Staff Writer

Two years ago traffic was a major problem for the Fourth of July celebration at the Sportsplex.

But, this year, celebration organizers think they have all the problems solved.

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Celebration committee chairman Dan Smith said there was "a serious traffic problem" with vehicles backed up on Alabama Highway 87 "for a long time."

Smith said part of the problem was because everyone showed up for the fireworks at the same time and limited parking at the Sportsplex resulted in people parking along the roadway.

This year, "if and when the Sportsplex fills up," Smith said, property adjacent to the complex has been secured for extra parking. Plus, volunteer fire fighters and officers with the Troy Police Department will be on hand to direct traffic.

Sgt. Benny Scarbrough, public information officer with the TPD, said drivers should "be patient" and follow directions when it comes time to leave the Sportsplex after the fireworks since the traffic volume will be heavy at that time. He said officers and volunteer fire fighters will be there for that purpose ­ to keep the traffic flowing smoothly.

Smith said what happened two years ago should not prevent anyone from coming to the July 4 celebration because "they don’t want to miss what we’re going to do" this year.

"We are certain we have a solution to the problem this year," Smith said.

The festivities will begin at 4 p.m. with all sorts of old-fashioned fun, such as watermelon and games, entertainment and a water play area for the kids.

"By offering everything during the day, we hope people will come early," Smith said.

"Come early and enjoy the festivities."

The fireworks display will begin at 9 p.m. and will include patriotic music broadcast by WTBF.