Traffic changes start today

TUPELO – The 2011 Elvis Presley Festival will transform downtown Tupelo this week, and that’s going to affect traffic.
The festival will run Thursday to Sunday, and the first changes in traffic patterns will happen today, said Allie West, program associate with Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association, which oversees the festival.
At 3 p.m., Troy Street will be closed between South Commerce and Fairpark streets, and South Commerce will close between Troy and Main streets.
“Those two streets will be closed so we can start to set up for the concerts at Fairpark,” West said.
At 5 p.m. Wednesday, North Broadway Street between Jefferson and Court streets will close.
The next closing will be 5:30 p.m. Friday, when Main Street will close from Front to Fairpark streets. In addition, North Commerce Street will close from the north entrance of the Park Heights/Fairpark Grill parking lot to Main Street.
“We’ll wait until downtown workers go home and rush hour traffic clears on Friday,” West said.
The Running with the King 5K race will start at 7:30 a.m. Saturday at Veterans Park, and a portion of Veterans Boulevard will be closed for about 45 minutes.
The Elvis Presley Festival Parade will start at 10 a.m. on Saturday, and it’ll travel from Church Street School on North Church Street, then turn east on Main Street and end at Front Street.
The Riding with the King bicycle event includes races throughout downtown on Saturday and Sunday. Except for bicycle races, normal traffic patterns will resume on Sunday.
In addition, the Front Street parking lot will be closed for the festival to make room for a carnival.
For more information, call (662) 841-6598.
Contact M. Scott Morris at (662) 678-1589 or scott.morris@journalinc.com.

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