Salem Police Department

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95 Margin Street, Salem, MA 01970 •  Request for Police 978-744-1212 •  Business 978-744-0171 •  In an Emergency, ALWAYS DIAL 911

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Salem MA Police - 10:17AM Oct 17
We're working with the DPS and Fiesta Shows to set up this years carnival. Traffic is heavier than normal in the a……

Salem MA Police - 2:52PM Oct 14
Crowds are heavy, but there is still some very limited parking available at both South Harbor and Museum Place Gara……

Salem MA Police - 12:37PM Oct 14
All of the bikes are off of the road. We are working on removing barricades & the roads will be fully open shortly.

Salem MA Police - 12:06PM Oct 14
The bikes are in Salem now. Consider the route in Salem closed to traffic until the ride is over.

Salem MA Police - 11:44AM Oct 14
We've closed the intersection of Hawthorne Boulevard and Congress Street until the ride has been completed.

Salem MA Police - 11:41AM Oct 14
New Derby & Derby Streets Street from Washington Street to Hawthorne Boulevard in the OUTBOUND direction (towards t……

Salem MA Police - 11:20AM Oct 14
The bikes have left @BostonHarley on their way to #SalemMA We'll update as they get closer & we start closing roads.

Salem MA Police - 11:12AM Oct 14
South Harbor Garage is full. There are still over 300 spaces at Museum Place & about 500 at the Salem Depot……

Planned Road Closures for October 2018

Posted Thursday October, 4th 2018 10:18AM
The following are planned road closures for the October 2018. It is important to note that although the Salem Police make every effort to preplan road closures we will close any roads as deemed necessary without notice to ensure public safety.
October 6 & 7, 13 & 14, 20 & 21, and 27 & 28: Essex St from Hawthorne Blvd to New Liberty St and Essex St from Barton Square to Washington St will be closed to through traffic and no on-street parking will be allowed from 6am to 10pm every Saturday and Sunday. Access to Museum Place garage will be via Brown St only. 
October 13: Salem YMCA Witch City 5K road race starts at 9 am at the Salem Willows. No road closures are planned, however anticipate traffic impacts along the following roadways: Memorial Drive, Essex Street, Route 1A, Route 114 including Hawthorne Boulevard, Derby Street, and Fort Avenue, ending at Restaurant Row.
October 14: MDA Witch Ride Motorcycle Ride. Route 114 and Route 1A will be impacted, but not closed to traffic, from Marblehead to New Derby Street. Route 1A, including Derby Street, will be closed to traffic between Lafayette Street and Congress Street. Congress Street will also be closed to traffic. Anticipate road closures and traffic impacts from noon to 3 pm. There will be a no parking tow zone on Derby Street between Lafayette Street and Congress Street from 11 am to 3 pm.
October 16: November 2: Federal Street westbound from Washington Street will be closed and traffic needing to access that block of Federal Street must do so by turning right off of Bridge Street onto the courthouse access road and then turning right onto Federal Street; no left turn will be permitted off of Bridge Street onto the courthouse access road.
October 27: Devil’s Chase road race starts at 8 am at the Salem Willows soccer field on Fort Avenue. No road closures are planned, however expect traffic impacts until 10:30 am on the following roadways: Fort Avenue, Derby Street, Szetela Lane, Webb Street, Andrews Street, Washington Square, Essex Street, Charter Street, Derby Street, Winter Island Road, Columbus Avenue, Restaurant Row, and Memorial Drive. Several no parking tow zones will be posted on Memorial Drive, Victory Road, and Larkin Lane.
October 31: The cruise ship Seabourn Quest is scheduled to arrive at the Footprint dock. The Salem Wharf parking lot on Blaney Street will be closed during the ship’s one-day visit.
October 31: Halloween events will include multiple road closures and heavy traffic impacts for the entire day and night. Visitors are strongly encouraged to take the commuter rail or ferry to get to Salem. Expect major traffic impacts on Route 114 and Route 1A. Downtown streets will close to all traffic no later than 4pm. Road closures include: Essex Street at Crombie Street and Barton Square to Union Street, Washington Street from New Derby Street to Bridge Street, Federal Street from St. Peter’s Street to North Street, Washington Square North and West from Essex Street to Brown Street, Hawthorne Boulevard, Derby Street, Route 1A, Congress Street near Pickering Wharf, Charter Street, Central Street, Front Street, and Lafayette Street from New Derby Street to Front Street. Bridge Street at Sgt. James Ayube Memorial Drive will also close to all traffic between the westerly overpass ramps and Sgt. James Ayube Memorial Drive from 9:30pm to 11:30pm for the closing fireworks. Please note: the MBTA Garage will be closed from 8:00 p.m. until 1:00 a.m. on Halloween night. Cars will not be permitted to enter or exit between these hours.

Haunted Happenings Grand Parade - 10/4/18

Posted Monday October, 1st 2018 5:17PM
The 23rd annual Haunted Happenings Grand Parade will be on Thursday, October 4th, 2018 starting at 6:30 pm.

The parade will muster at Shetland Park and follow a route up Congress Street, left onto Derby Street, right onto Central Street, left onto Front Street, right onto Washington Street, right onto the pedestrian mall, down Essex Street, and onto the Common.

Roads will be closed down around 6:00 pm and remain closed until after the parade. There is no parking allowed along the parade route.

For more information visit the Chamber of Commerce Website.

Wicked Half Marathon - 9/22/18

Posted Thursday September, 20th 2018 6:46AM
The 13th Annual Wicked Half Marathon will take place on Saturday, September 22, 2018. The race starts on Restaurant Row, down Memorial Drive to Essex Street, up Essex Street to Hawthorne Boulevard, right onto Derby St, left onto Lafayette Street and on to Marblehead. The course returns to Salem down Lafayette Street, right onto Derby Street, to Fort Avenue, onto Memorial Drive and ends at Dead Horse Beach.

The marathon will start at 7:00 am and we expect runners to be off the road by 10:30 am. There are no planned road closures, however we encourage drivers to expect delays and use extra caution in the area.

For more information about the marathon visit this site.

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