Friday, April 3, 2015

Reminder: Traffic in downtown will be terrible for Opening Day

Posted By on Fri, Apr 3, 2015 at 9:42 AM

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This Monday, traffic will be terrible in downtown Detroit. It is Opening Day, so, to be clear: traffic will be terrible

What can you do to alleviate this whirlwind of suck you'll surely experience? Plan ahead! The Detroit Police Department says it would love it if you did.

Numerous streets and freeway ramps will be closed, and several streets will be off-limits for parking, the police department says. If you want to find an easy commute into the game, park at just about any restaurant in Corktown, Greektown, Midtown, or Eastern Market, and chances are there will be a shuttle to take you to Comerica Park. 

We offered up a few suggestions, depending on where you're coming from, last fall. It's perhaps worth revisiting:
  • If you're coming from western Wayne County suburbs: Take I-96 to I-75 and head south. You will likely feel insane driving away from traffic, but roll with it. Take this to Exit 47a, Clark Avenue. Turn left onto Clark, then take the second left onto Fort Avenue. Drive 1 to 1.5 miles toward downtown, and park somewhere around Cass Avenue. Grab a drink at the Anchor Bar, or somewhere, and hop on the People Mover at the Cass/Fort station. 

  • If you're coming from downriver, take I-75 north to Clark Avenue, and follow the same instructions as above.

  • If you're coming from Oakland or Macomb County, find your way to Woodward Avenue and head south to, say, Grand Boulevard. Head one block west to Cass, and turn left. Ride along Cass until you hit Mack Avenue. Turn right onto Mack, take that to Trumbull Avenue and turn left. Take Trumbull to W. Lafayette or Fort, and turn left. Once you hit Cass, again, park somewhere.
 In a nutshell, parking will be available wherever you can legally place your car for the evening. Godspeed.

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