Road closures ahead of busy Thursday evening in downtown Detroit

Posted at 3:45 PM, Aug 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-30 12:46:35-04

Downtown Detroit will be busy Thursday, Aug. 30. 

Three major events taking place in the city -- the Aretha Franklin tribute concert at Chene Park, the Detroit Lions home game at Ford Field and the weekend JazzFest. 

The Michigan Department of Transportation is asking event-goers to plan ahead to better navigate traffic and parking. 

Here's what to look out for: 

Aretha Franklin Tribute Concert -- Aug. 30

The City of Detroit will relax parking enforcements on streets around Chene Park for the concert. Visitors traveling to Chene Park should use I-375 and exit at Jefferson. 

People can park at meters or use area parking lots. Note: vehicles blocking driveways/alleys, handicap signs or bus stops will be ticketed and may be towed. 

  • Chene will be two lanes southbound to allow access to parking lots
  • Chene will be closed at Jefferson once parking lots are full
  • Restricted traffic on Atwater between St. Aubin and Dubois
  • No traffic on Atwater from Dubois to Chene
  • The Chene Park box office will open with access off of Jos. Campau at Atwater

Detroit Lions Home Game -- Aug. 30

Drivers should:

  • exit Bagley off the Lodge Freeway
  • exit at Mack off I-375
  • exit at Rosa Parks Blvd using I-75

Officials urge visitors to avoid Larned due to construction-related lane closures. 

JazzFest Related Street Closures -- Aug. 29 - Aug. 31

Beginning 8:30 p.m. on August 29

  • Northbound Woodward Avenue from Larned to Monroe
  • Southbound and northbound Woodward between Campus Martus and State/Gratiot
  • Eastbound Monroe from Campus Martius to Farmer
  • Both sides of Cadillac Square from Campus Martius to Bates

Beginning 8 p.m. on August 30

  • Southbound Woodward from Michigan to Larned
  • Fort from Griswold to Woodward
  • Westbound Monroe from Farmer to Campus Martius
  • East and westbound Michigan between Griswold and Woodward

Beginning 10 a.m. on August 31

  • Congress between Bates and Griswold