Police caution revelers about traffic, road closures on July 4

Public fireworks displays in Kingsland and Marble Falls will attract thousands of people to the two locations on July 4 with anticipated delays and extra public safety accommodations. File Photo

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER

KINGSLAND — Law enforcement in Kingsland and Marble Falls warn motorists about congestion, delays and pedestrian traffic July 4 during the two largest public fireworks displays in the area.Aqua Boom in Kingsland and the Marble Falls Community Fireworks will attract thousands of people to the area with limited roadway access near Lake LBJ and Lake Marble Falls.

In Kingsland, the 46th Aqua Boom will host a number of community activities on July 3 and Independence Day.

Read more about Kingsland Aqua Boom

Officials say to expect partial roadway closures July 4 starting with a children’s parade at 9 a.m. and a land parade at 10 a.m. which launches at the intersection of RR 1431 and RR 2900.

The procession makes its way along RR 2900 toward Packsaddle Elementary School.

“The roads will still be open. It will be restricted traffic,” Llano County Sheriff Bill Blackburn said. “We’ll be separating the lanes so the parade will be moving on one side and the traffic will continue on the other. You’ll have some delays there.”

Residents will experience increased traffic due to a car show and arts and crafts vendors in a strip mall on RR 2900 as well as day-long water activities just off the RR 2900 bridge starting at 4 p.m. until the fireworks launch sometime after 9 p.m.

“Saturday night (July 4) will be one-lane traffic alternating (traffic direction) prior to, during and after the fireworks,” Blackburn said. “There will be people on the bridge. Beware of pedestrians. There’s going to be a lot of pedestrians out. Slow your speed down, and stay off your cell phone.”

In Marble Falls, activities launch with live music at 5 p.m. on the shoreline of Lake Marble Falls and at Lakeside Pavilion, both venues in Lakeside Park.

Read more about Marble Falls Community Fireworks

Motorists can expect limited access to some city blocks adjacent to Lakeside Park and at least one parking lot at the park.

During the evening, Buena Vista Drive in front of the city pool will be designated for disabled parking, however any motorist can use the lot as a drop off location, Marble Falls Police Capt. Glen Hanson said.

Following the fireworks show, which begins shortly after dark, First and Second Street from Main to U.S. 281 will be blocked by police.

“After the event, we’re encouraging people to move as far north as possible before turning east for Highway 281 access,”  Hanson said. “It makes it easier to get traffic out of the park area afterwards.

“It can get quite congested. Share rides with your neighbors,” he added. “Car pool with some folks. It would definitely help reduce some of that congestion.”

connie@thepicayune.com

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