Construction on Interstate 94 is prompting some changes for Mandan's annual Fourth of July parade.
Memorial Highway this year will be only partially closed, from McDonald's to Main Street. Eastbound traffic will be shut down at 7 a.m. from East Main Street to the intersection of Third Street Southeast and Bisman Avenue. One lane will be open for westbound traffic, which will be able to go north onto Mandan Avenue from Memorial Highway or east onto I-94.
People viewing the parade will no longer be allowed to sit or stand on the north side of Memorial Highway due to the open traffic lane. Viewing is allowed only on the south side of Memorial Highway. Both sides of Main Street will be available for viewing.
Shuttles that have previously been offered from Bismarck State College, the Bank of North Dakota and the Bismarck Elks to the parade are not being offered this year, as a cost-cutting move, said Kris Haug, administrative assistant at Mandan Progress Organization.
Haug advises people who are determined to view the parade on The Strip to park somewhere close by. Motorists who still choose to park on The Strip should do so on the shoulder of the side of the road nearest McDonald's, she said. Parking on Main Street is prohibited.
Other rules and routes remain the same as previous years. Parking on Main Street is prohibited from 1 a.m. on July 4 until the parade is over that afternoon. Main Street from the I-94 exit to Mandan will be closed from 7 a.m. until the parade is over.
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To travel into Mandan, motorists should take the I-94 exit at Mandan Avenue and Sunset Drive or travel through the westbound lane on Memorial Highway.
Long delays and heavy traffic are expected, and people traveling south of Mandan are advised to travel prior to 9:40 a.m. Those who are trying to view the parade should leave home early, as well.
“Everybody other than the night shift” will be helping to direct traffic, said Mandan Deputy Police Chief Lori Flaten. More parade traffic details can be found on the department's website, https://www.mandanpd.com/.
The parade typically has between 120 and 190 units and lasts for a couple of hours. As of Tuesday it had about 110 units but more were expected to be added.
The event will begin at 10 a.m. with classic cars followed by the grand parade. The classic car parade will start at Midway Lanes on Memorial Highway and travel west to Main Street. The grand parade will start at Dacotah Centennial Park on Memorial Highway, traveling to Main Street.