Piety Hill Musings

The ramblings of the 52 year old Rector of St. John's Episcopal Church of Detroit. Piety Hill refers to the old name for our neighborhood. The neighborhood has changed a great deal in the over 150 years we have been on this corner (but not our traditional biblical theology) and it is now known for the neighboring theatres, the professional baseball and football stadiums and new hockey/basketball arena.

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Location: Detroit, Michigan, United States

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Super Bowl traffic

The Downtown Shareholders met with the Super Bowl XL committee last night, to discuss preparations for the big game. I met Roger Penske, which was pretty neat. But more importantly, they talked about road closures surrounding the Church.

Starting immediately, the Madison exit off of I-375 will no longer be a good option to get to St. John's. St. Antoine, which becomes Montcalm as it goes around the football stadium, is already closed, as is the street between Ford Field and Comerica Park (Brush). Traffic coming up Woodward Avenue and down the service drive coming off I-75, exit 50, remains open, and this service drive entrance will be the only way to access our parking lot after February 1st.

As you can see from the graphic on the right, the Super Bowl security perimeter does not include St. John's, but things will slowly be cut off from the South on Woodward as we approach the big weekend February 3rd - 5th. For this weekend (January 22nd) all access points will be open (except around the immediate perimeter of Ford Field), and next weekend Woodward Ave from Jefferson to Grand Circus Park will be closed, but we will be accessible from the North on Woodward, and via the freeway service drive. On game day we will be accessible from the service drive only. And we will be finished and long gone before the game chaos really gets going (kick-off is after 6pm).