Newnan Police urging patience following Thursday's fireworks show
According to Newnan Police Sgt. Lane Yearta, the Newnan High School fireworks show is followed by the single worst night of traffic flow every year.
He is offering some tips about how attendees should plan their trip back home after the show and avoid as much traffic as possible.
According to Yearta, 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. 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, are advised that certain roads will be closed until traffic is cleared.
In addition, if you drive and park on one of the nearby streets, plan to leave in the direction you are facing when you park. Do not attempt to turn around in the middle of the street, and do not park where you would be opposing traffic, he said. Attempting to change direction is dangerous for both pedestrians and other motorists.
Most importantly, LaGrange Street will be completely closed in front of the school between Armory Road and Waterworks Road. No traffic is 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, 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.
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 north 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.
Traffic officers urge that drivers leaving the Newnan community fireworks event be prepared to travel in these directions depending on where and 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.