Area drivers, pedestrians use caution in construction zones before, after firework shows

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The annual firework show, Red White and Boom, will light up the skylines in both Peoria and East Peoria just over 24-hours from now. Crews have been working for months for the big celebration and preparations are still are underway leading up to the big display.

Each year, things change. This year, the number one thing to be mindful of Thursday night is construction in East Peoria.

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“If you’re coming out to enjoy the entire day and night, be prepared,” said PIO for the Peoria Police Department Amy Dotson. “[Have] sun block, appropriate clothing, hats, etc. make sure you have plenty of time to get to your destination and most of all, have fun.”

More than 90% of the East Peoria Police Department will be near the Riverfront Thursday helping the high traffic areas that are ridden with construction zones.

“We do ask patience from whenever people are there and just understand, we’re doing the best we can but the officers are going to be out there,” said East Peoria Chief of Police, Steve Roegge. “It’s going to be a long day for them.. it’ll be hot, but they are there to get you out as quickly as possible.”

If you choose to view the show from the Peoria side, Water Street is closed as normal, but drivers and pedestrians still need to be mindful of each other.

“Keep in mind, there’s a lot of kids out and kids can be unpredictable where they’re going to dart in and out of the street so drive very cautiously,” said Dotson. “Watch for children, watch for pedestrians and of course the car in front of you. Pedestrians, remember that there’s also cars trying to get to their destination too so we each have to watch out for one another.”

Red, White and Boom begins roughly around 9:30 p.m. Thursday.

The show will last about a half hour. There are concerts and other activities you and your family can participate in, but the show is free.

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