By: Christine Souders
The Centennial Bridge is the launch site for the Red, White and Boom fireworks display.
City leaders on both sides of the Mississippi are working to avoid a traffic nightmare.
The Centennial Bridge will be shutdown completely between 9 and 10 o'clock Thursday night, but preparations start Thursday Morning at 9 a.m.
Only one lane, in each direction on the bridge will be open to traffic as crews setup the fireworks.
"Do your best to plan for using I-280, or the Arsenal bridge, or anything but Centennial Bridge," said Chief Frank Donchez, Davenport Police Dept.
Since River Drive is shut down West of the bridge because of flooding.
Davenport police are directing traffic away from there, and East of River Drive, to Brady Street.
That will avoid drivers running into 2nd Street between Ripley and Harrison, which will be closed until Sunday, since the area serves for both, Red, White and Boom, and Blues Fest.
And on the Illinois side of the Mississippi, Rock Island officials are asking drivers to take 5th Avenue into Moline, and cross the I-74 bridge to get to Davenport, or 1st Ave. onto Highway 92 out to I-280 to minimize traffic on Centennial.
"Take either the government bridge or I-74, little longer route around, but the nice part is that will spread the traffic out," said Bill Nelson, Rock Island Park District.
So, people can get home safely after the show.
"We certainly don't want to see anybody injured during this. It's a great event, and we urge people to cross at the cross walk, and obey any directions that are given to them by police officers," said Donchez.
Police also urge people not to go anywhere near Leclaire park and the flooding because of safety reasons.
Parking is available on both sides of the Mississippi Thursday night for watching fireworks.
Davenport police recommend using the parking garages.
It's $5.00 dollars for a space.
Also, the Freight House and River Bandits lots will be open.
Parking garages are free in Rock Island.
Drivers there can also park in lots across from Schwiebert Park.
A reminder, now matter where you park your car, you may have to walk a little way to see the show.