Police issue traffic directions for fireworks
by Wes Mayer
To help ease the traffic flow following this year’s Newnan/Coweta community fireworks show, the Newnan Police Department is reminding attendees of a few rules and tips to help people get back home safely.
All motorists should keep in mind that it will take much longer than a few minutes to get through traffic, and it is officers’ main goal to direct traffic away from the school, said Sgt. Lane Yearta with the Newnan Police Department Traffic Unit. Those who plan on being picked up from the high school by friends or family, or those who plan on traveling on the roads around the school, should know certain roads will be closed until traffic is cleared.
In addition, everyone who drives and parks on one of the surrounding streets should plan to leave in the direction their vehicles are facing once parked. Drivers should not attempt to turn around in the middle of the street and should not park opposing traffic, Yearta said. Attempting to change direction is dangerous for both pedestrians and other motorists.
After the show, LaGrange Street will be closed in front of the school between Armory Road and Waterworks Road, and no traffic will be allowed to pass the school until after traffic has cleared. Officers will also not allow traffic to travel south on Armory Road or Waterworks Road, mainly to prevent motorists from circling the school and causing more traffic build-up.
If you park on Sewell Road:
If you are facing east on Sewell Road away from the high school, you have two options. If you want to travel south toward Moreland or to I-85, make your way to where Sewell Road intersects Greenville Street. Officers there will only be allowing traffic to turn right and head southbound on Greenville Street. If you wish to travel north to downtown Newnan or east to Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, you will want to turn left onto Spence Avenue – across from the Newnan Utilities offices. At the intersection of Spence Avenue and Greenville Street, officers will be directing traffic either left to go north toward downtown or straight across to continue onto Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.
All vehicles that park facing west on Sewell Road, facing the high school campus, will be instructed to turn right onto Armory Road followed by another right onto LaGrange Street heading toward downtown Newnan. If you wish to travel south after the show, parking on Sewell facing west is not your best choice.
Alternatively, if you park facing west on Sewell Road past Armory Road, you will be allowed to turn right on Waterworks Road and then turn left/south on LaGrange Street or cross the street to Boone Drive.
If you park on Armory Road:
If you are facing down the hill toward Sewell Road, you will have to make your way down and take a left onto Sewell. From there you may either head south to Greenville or turn left on Spence to head north or east. If you park heading north or you park in the high school lot off Armory Road, you will be instructed to travel north and turn right onto LaGrange Street. You will not be able to easily travel west or south after the show if you park on Armory Road.
If you park on Waterworks Road:
Traffic facing north will be routed either to turn left on LaGrange Street or to cross onto Boone Drive. If you park in the high school lot off Waterworks Road, you will also be advised to travel to LaGrange Street or Boone Drive. If you are already facing south on Waterworks Road, you will be advised to travel down and turn left onto Sewell and follow officers’ instructions from there.
Unless already parked on either street, southbound traffic will not be allowed on either Armory Road or Waterworks Road.
Traffic officers urge drivers leaving the fireworks event to be prepared to travel in these directions depending on where and in which direction you park. The later you arrive at the high school, the more likely you will spend more time on your return trip home, Yearta said.