With all of the costumes and fun that Halloween brings to the Salem, it also brings what no residents need any more of: traffic concerns.
Two events this weekend - the Witch City Car Show, and the 24th annual Witch Ride motorcycle run to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association - are expected to heightened already increased traffic congestion, and also force a few road closures in the downtown area.
On Saturday, there will be no parking in the metered spaces on Essex Street between Hawthorne Boulevard and New Liberty Street from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. during the car show. City officials do not anticipate the need to close this portion of road, but police will be monitoring the area and have the option of closing it if the crowds become too large.
The motorcycle run departs from Everett on Sunday at 1 p.m., and is expected to arrive in Salem sometime between 2 and 3 p.m. The riders will enter Salem from Marblehead on Lafayette Street, proceed to the downtown area, turn right onto Derby Street, and right onto Congress Street. The run ends at Shetland Park.
As a result, from noon to 5 p.m., no parking will be allowed on Derby Street from Lafayette to Congress, or Congress Street from Harbor Street to Derby. The Derby Street section will be closed to through traffic as well.
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