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Bike Night to close some downtown roads

A large number of motorcycles are expected to be on display in the Public Square area

July 05, 2012

Several roads in downtown Hagerstown will be closed to traffic for a Bike Night event planned Friday, according to a city official.

In conjunction with The Maryland Theatre’s Wind Down Friday program, a large number of motorcycles are expected to be on display in the Public Square area as part of Hagerstown Bike Week, city spokeswoman Erin Wolfe said in a news release.

Beginning at 3 p.m., South Potomac Street will be closed to all traffic between Washington and Antietam streets, Wolfe said.

Vehicles will be allowed to turn left onto North Potomac Street from East Franklin Street to access the North Potomac Street parking deck, but they will not be allowed beyond the deck’s entrance, she said.

Auxiliary police and officers from the Hagerstown Police Department will direct traffic in and out of the parking deck.

The right lane of West Washington Street will be closed to traffic between Jonathan and Potomac streets, Wolfe said. The left lane will remain open.

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“Detour routes will be established to direct traffic around the closures,” Wolfe said. “It is expected that these sections of North and South Potomac streets, and West Washington Street, will be reopened to traffic by 11 p.m.”

Emergency vehicles will be permitted to drive through the closure during the event, she said.

Concurrent with the city’s event, Bike Week activities will also be held today at Always Ron’s Restaurant on North Burhans Boulevard.

Starting at 5 p.m., the northbound lanes of Burhans Boulevard will be closed to all traffic between West Franklin and West Washington streets, but the southbound lanes will remain open, Wolfe said.

Burhans Boulevard will be reopened to all traffic by 11 p.m., she said. A detour route again will be available for northbound traffic.

The same closure will be repeated Saturday from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m., Wolfe said.

Northbound emergency vehicles will not be able to pass through that section of Burhans Boulevard while the closures are in effect, but southbound traffic will be unaffected, she said.

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