HAGERSTOWN, MD — The city of Hagerstown is letting motorists and others planning to be downtown Friday evening that there could be some changes to traffic patterns and business hours.

That’s because the Alsatia Club is set to hold its “Thunder in the Square” event.  A large number of classic cars and other vehicles will be parked on display in the unit (000) block of North Potomac Street and the unit (000) and 100 blocks of West Washington Street during the event.

A notice from the city of Hagerstown says:

Beginning at 4:30 PM, the following street closures will go into effect (refer to the attached exhibit):

•    South Potomac Street will be closed to all traffic between Washington Street and Antietam Street;
•    W. Washington Street will be closed to traffic between Burhans Blvd. and Potomac Street;
•    North Potomac Street will be closed to traffic between Franklin Street and Washington Street; vehicles will be allowed to turn onto Potomac Street at Franklin Street in order to access the University District Parking Deck but will not be allowed beyond the parking deck’s entrance.
•    Summit Avenue will be closed to all traffic between Antietam Street and Washington Street.

Auxiliary Police and officers from the Hagerstown Police Department will direct traffic at the various street intersections.  Detour routes will be established to direct traffic around the closures.  The event is scheduled to end at 9:30 PM, and all streets are expected to be reopened to traffic by approximately 10:00 PM.

Emergency vehicles will not be able to pass through these blocks of W. Washington Street, Potomac Street, and Summit Avenue during the event, but they will be able to respond to emergencies within the closure area.

Folks with questions are urged to contact the City’s Department of Public Works at 301-739-8577, extension 180.