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Traffic restrictions announced on Kanawha Boulevard for FestivALL events

Charleston officials announce traffic restrictions related to FestivALL. (MGN Online)

Four major events for the Charleston’s arts festival also will mean traffic restrictions on Kanawha Boulevard.

City officials said in a news release said traffic will be restricted on Kanawha Boulevard near Haddad Riverfront park between Friday and Monday. Traffic delays also are possible due to a race and parade on Saturday morning.

Kanawha Boulevard will be closed at 5:30 p.m. Friday between Capitol and Clendenin in preparation for the Moses Auto Group Live on the Levee concert from the Schoenbaum Stage in Haddad Park.

The street closure will remain in place through the Smoke on the Water Chili Cookoff Saturday morning and afternoon. While the section between Clendenin and Court streets will reopen Saturday evening, the Boulevard will remain closed between Capitol and Court streets through the Jazz and Jambalaya Father’s Day Celebration in Haddad Park Sunday evening and the Juneteenth celebration there Monday afternoon and evening.

Traffic on other streets in downtown Charleston will be restricted Saturday morning during the CAMC Run for Your Life run and walk, which starts at 8 a.m. and the FestivALL Art Parade, starting at 10 a.m.

The 5-mile run and 2.5-mile walk begins and ends on Kanawha Boulevard at Court Street. The race course follows Court Street to Piedmont Road to Farnsworth Drive up into the Spring Hill Cemetery and back on the same roads. Police will restrict traffic on those streets and cross streets along the route when runners and walkers are on the course so drivers downtown should expect potentially long delays during the race.

The parade will begin at 10 a.m. from the Boulevard and onto Capitol Street, heading straight up that street and ending into the Capitol Market parking lot. Police also will be restricting traffic on Capitol Street and at all cross streets during the parade, which could result in long delays at those intersections.

City officials advise that people trying to drive east or west through downtown between 8 and 11 a.m. may want to avoid delays by staying on the interstates or MacCorkle Avenue instead.

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