North Carolina Azalea Festival march to shorten downtown traffic

N.C. Azalea Festival march will widen down Third Street commencement during 9:30 a.m. Saturday morning.

WILMINGTON – The streets of downtown Wilmington will once again be alive with a N.C. Azalea Festival march floats and soaring inflatables Saturday morning, definition drivers should be on a surveillance for trade detours.

Don Bennett, city trade engineer, pronounced a march track and analogous closures – that will start on many roads during 6:30 a.m. Saturday — are a same as in prior years.

“We have not seen outrageous issues in how we have finished it in new years,” he said.

The march will start during 9:30 a.m. during Third and Market streets, relocating north before finale during Third and Bladen streets. All trade to downtown will be cordoned off from Castle Street during Fifth Street and request to all streets north by Harnett Street. Traffic will also be sealed on Third Street only north of Harnett.

One of a many new changes was a closure of a downtown Wilmington ramp entrance off a Isabel Holmes Bridge. Bennett pronounced when a ramp was open a morning of a march in a past, it was too formidable to chaperon merging trade to a highway track before it reached Front Street.

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Bennett pronounced a highway closures will insist by 3 p.m., during a latest, to give crews time to safely purify adult following a march and deconstruct witness bleachers.

The city will be notifying drivers as distant out as Wilmington International Airport of a proxy trade patterns, seeking them to devise accordingly formed on their destination.

Paid parking will be accessible during New Hanover County Parking Deck on Second Street, that can be accessed by Chestnut Street until 8:15 a.m., according to a festival website.

A Wave Transit Parade Shuttle will also be accessible for those parking during Independence Mall behind Wells Fargo, commencement during 7 a.m. and creation the final lapse outing from downtown during 1:45 p.m. The convey will run any 15 mins and costs $2 any way.

Reporter Hunter Ingram can be reached during 910-343-2327 or