The North American International Auto Show’s annual Charity Preview is expected to bring thousands to Cobo Center on Friday, Jan. 15, 2016. The Detroit Police Department is encouraging individuals traveling downtown to leave for their destinations early and use alternate routes. Congestion and delays are expected on the southbound John C. Lodge Freeway beginning around 5 p.m.
Motorists on their way to Canada are advised to use the Ambassador Bridge instead of the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel. Workers exiting downtown are encouraged to use northbound thoroughfares such as Woodward Avenue, Cass Avenue or the I-75 Freeway. Motorists should be on the lookout for shuttle buses traveling westbound on Congress from nearby parking structures to drop off visitors at Cobo Center.
Limousines, service cars, and handicap vehicles will be the only vehicles allowed to pass in front of Cobo Center. No vehicles will be allowed to stand or park near Cobo Center. All buses, shuttle vans and mini-buses will use Atwater, Doors 2 & 3.
The Police Department will also coordinate the flow of traffic in these areas:
- Only designated buses will be allowed to travel on Atwater Street behind the Renaissance Center to Joe Louis Arena beginning at 6 p.m.
- Vehicles exiting at the Larned exit on the southbound John C. Lodge Freeway will be allowed to go only east on Larned to parking areas until 4 p.m. The Larned exit will be closed at 4 p.m. until the Charity Preview concludes.
- Griswold southbound will close at Larned beginning at 5 p.m.
- There will be No Parking, Tow Zone and No Standing zones from 8 a.m.-midnight on Congress, Shelby, Larned, Washington Blvd., Cass, Jefferson, and Atwater.
In addition, individuals can park at a City of Detroit parking facility and catch the Detroit People Mover to the Auto Show Charity Preview. The People Mover hours are 6:30 a.m. on Jan. 15 to 3 a.m. on Jan. 16. The fare is just 75 cents per ride. Children 5 and younger ride free. For more information, go to www.thepeoplemover.com or call the Detroit Transportation Corporation from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday at (313) 224-2160.