Sunday, October 23, 2016

Traffic Impacts - 10/23 - 10/31

We are anticipating the following road closures and traffic impacts this week:

Saturday, October 29: Devil’s Chase road race starts at 8am at the Salem Willows soccer field on Fort Ave. No road closures are planned, however expect traffic delays until 10:30am on the following roadways: Fort Ave, Derby St, Szetela Ln, Webb St, Andrews St, Washington Sq, Essex St, Charter St, Derby St, Winter Island Rd, Columbus Ave, Restaurant Row, and Memorial Dr. Several no parking tow zones will be posted on Memorial Dr, Victory Rd, and Larkin Ln.

The Seabourn Quest port of call to Salem, previously scheduled for Saturday, October 29th, has been CANCELLED. The vessel will not be stopping at Salem due to weather concerns. Therefore the Salem Wharf parking lot on Blaney Street will remain open as normal on the day.

Saturday & Sunday, October 29 & 30: There will be no on-street parking on Essex St from Hawthorne Blvd to New Liberty St from 6am to 10pm. This section of Essex St will also be closed to through traffic from 9am to 10pm. Access to Museum Place garage will be via Brown St only.

We may close additional streets including Essex Street from North St to Washington, Church Street, Federal Street, Lynde Street, or Washington Street depending on the crowds Saturday and Sunday. 

Monday, October 31: Halloween events will include multiple road closures and heavy traffic delays for the entire day and night. Expect major traffic delays on Rte 114 and Rte 1A. Downtown streets will close to all traffic no later than 4pm. Road closures include: Essex St at Crombie St and Barton Sq to Union St, Washington St from New Derby St to Bridge St, Federal St from St. Peter’s St to North St, Washington Sq N and W from Essex St to Brown St, Hawthorne Blvd, Derby St, Rte 1A, Congress St near Pickering Wharf, Charter St, Central St, Front St, and Lafayette St from New Derby St to Front St. Bridge St at Sgt. James Ayube Memorial Dr will also close to all traffic between the westerly overpass ramps and Sgt. James Ayube Memorial Dr from 9:30pm to 11:30pm for the closing fireworks.

Monday, October 31: Access into the MBTA Parking Garage will be restricted as of 6 p.m. on Halloween night. Access into and out of the MBTA Parking Garage will be restricted between the hours of 8 p.m. and 1 a.m. (or the completion of festivities).

The MBTA will be adding additional trains on Saturday and Sunday. We strongly encourage using the MBTA Commuter Rail if you are traveling to Salem. See more on this page at the MBTA website.

The U. S. Postal Service mailboxes in the downtown area (B5 Zone), including the mail box at Riley Plaza and the mailboxes in front of the Salem Post Office will be out of service from 4:00PM on Friday October 28th until Tuesday morning November 1st due to the Haunted Happenings Events and Halloween.

As always we suggest following us on Twitter and Facebook for the most up to date information during the week and on Halloween.

Although we make every effort to keep roads open we will close any roads necessary to maintain public safety without notice. Officers will be posted in key intersections at peak times to assist with traffic when possible. 
Additional information about traffic and parking on Halloween will be posted on our Facebook page this week. Please be sure to check there before planning your trip.