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'Things have gone incredibly well' with downtown traffic

Traffic filled in every lane at the intersection of Main Street and Broadway Friday night as concert-goers left Garth Brooks' early show and arrived for the singer's late show.
Traffic filled in every lane at the intersection of Main Street and Broadway Friday night as concert-goers left Garth Brooks' early show and arrived for the singer's late show.

Cars and people crammed the streets downtown for the first two of four Garth Brooks concerts Friday night, but overall, police expressed satisfaction with the way the night had gone.

Early in the evening, Main Street remained mostly clear until drivers got close to Broadway. At about 6:20 p.m., cars were moving at a steady pace as police directed traffic and controlled traffic lights.

But a few hours later, and especially during the transition between the end of the 6:30 p.m. show and the beginning of the second one, at 10:30 p.m., traffic came to a standstill briefly for several blocks around Rupp. Much of it was caused by pedestrians making their own crosswalks.

However, Lexington police spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts said plans to control traffic were a success and police were hoping for a repeat on Saturday night.

"Because of the public's cooperation, as of 10:30 p.m. things have gone incredibly well," she said. "We knew there would be delays, but other than that things went well."

Only one wreck was reported in the downtown area as of 10 p.m., police said.

Those attending the concerts on Saturday should give themselves enough time to drive into downtown and find parking. Roberts said the best place to park is at 1795 Old Frankfort Pike, where concert attendees can take shuttles to and from their cars.

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