Wake County schools warn about traffic and parking for graduations

khui@newsobserver.comJune 4, 2014 

— The Wake County school system is warning people attending high school graduations in downtown Raleigh to expect heavy traffic and limited parking from Friday through Sunday because of several other events.

Wake County will hold 12 graduations between Friday morning and Sunday night at the Raleigh Convention Center. But other big-ticket events could make parking and driving even harder than usual for graduation attendees.

On Friday night, a concert at the Red Hat Amphitheater and a comedy performance at Duke Energy Center are expected to quickly fill up the Convention Center and the Wake County parking deck across from the amphitheater.

On Saturday, Fayetteville Street between Martin and Hargett streets will be closed for a corn hole tournament.

On Sunday, thousands of people are anticipated at the Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo, which covers a half-mile of Fayetteville Street. Surrounding streets will also be closed.

Wake has some tips for families and staff:

• Plan ahead. Students must be in place at least one hour before the ceremony starts. Allow significant time for traffic and parking.

• Carpool. Share a ride from home or school and save on gas and parking.

• Go to bit.ly/1x8OSkY to download a City of Raleigh parking map.

• The parking spaces located along McDowell Street adjacent to the Raleigh Convention Center under the “Shimmer Wall” will be reserved for passenger drop-off for the duration of the graduation schedule. Golf carts will be available at the drop-off area and nearby parking garages to transport anyone who has difficulty walking long distances to the doors of the Convention Center.

• Practice patience and watch for pedestrians.

Go to bit.ly/1kDboNR for more information, including the graduation schedule, what to bring, and what to leave at home.

Hui: 919-829-4534

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