In anticipation of a large turnout for the Canada Day Fireworks Display on July 1, 2013, the Regina Police Service has a traffic plan that will see some road closures, traffic restrictions and parking enforcement. As in past years, spectators will have the opportunity to view the fireworks display from the Albert Street Bridge. The bridge will become a pedestrian-only zone from approximately 9:30 p.m. to midnight. There will be barricades placed at the following points: Albert Street and College Avenue; Albert Street and Regina Avenue; Albert Street and 20th Avenue and Albert Street and McCallum Avenue.
Police will also be directing enforcement attention to Broad Street, between College Avenue and Lakeshore Drive, to ensure that motorists are not stopping or parking illegally in order to watch the fireworks display. The same is true for the stretch of the Ring Road/Number One Bypass from Assiniboine Avenue to Wascana Parkway. Vehicles that are illegally parked will be subject to ticketing or towing in order to maintain a safe roadway for all motorists and passage for emergency vehicles. (Emergency Medical Services, Regina Fire and Protective Services and Regina Transit have all been made aware of the Albert Street Bridge closure.) There will be ample signage indicating no stopping/no parking areas.
For the Canada Day Fireworks Display itself, fireworks will be launched from Willow Island, starting at approximately 10:00 p.m. Regina residents and visitors are reminded not to leave valuables inside parked vehicles. Take the necessary precautions to secure your property and lock your vehicles. The Canada Day Fireworks Display is a family-oriented celebration but it will also be a busy one. Make sure young children are in the company of trusted caregivers and discuss a safety plan should members of your group become separated. As always, in an emergency, dial 9-1-1. The Regina Police Service wishes everyone a Happy Canada Day! Whether you travel or take in the festivities at home, stay safe!