Anah Shrine parade, Trek Across Maine impact weekend traffic

By Ben Holbrook | Jun 17, 2017

Belfast — Two large events – the Anah Shrine summer ceremonial parade and Trek Across Maine – will impact drivers trying to navigate around the city this weekend, June 17 and 18.

On Saturday, starting at noon at Belfast Area High School, participants in the Anah Shrine  parade will begin lining up. The parade steps off at 1:30 p.m. and makes its way along  Waldo Avenue before turning onto John Street. During that time, Waldo Avenue will be closed from the high school to John Street.

From John Street, the parade will continue to High Street and then out Northport Avenue where it ends at Waldo County Shrine Club. High Street to Northport Avenue will be closed during the parade.

An alternate route will direct traffic along Commercial Street to Front Street, and then to Pierce Street and High Street.

Belfast Police Chief Mike McFadden said normal traffic flows will be restored once the parade ends.

Then, on Sunday, participants in the annual American Lung Association Trek Across Maine will begin arriving in the city. The chief said some cyclists begin arriving around 9 a.m. but the bulk of the riders usually get into the city by 11 a.m. The route will take participants through the city before it ends in Belfast Common.

The American Lung Association said 1,600 people are participating in this year's ride.

Starrett Drive will be closed to traffic exiting onto Belmont Avenue, McFadden said. Instead, drivers will need to exit onto Lincolnville Avenue. Vehicles will still be able to turn onto Starrett Drive from Belmont Ave. Officers will be stationed at major intersections along the Trek route to help direct traffic, McFadden said.

 

The chief said motorists should expect a large number of people and heavy traffic on Sunday. He asked that visitors and residents exercise caution and patience when traveling around the city.

 

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