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Closures and cautions for the 4th of July

June 27, 2014

Sheriff Bill Lutze

Local agencies are closing area roads for safety reasons during the July 4th holiday.
In an effort to enhance public safety while encouraging safe and responsible 4th of July recreating, the Bishop Police Department, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, California Highway Patrol, Inyo County Road Department, Inyo County Sheriff’s Office and Bishop Fire have developed a cohesive enforcement and operations plan for the citizens and visitors of Bishop.
Effective on July 4, the following areas of Bishop will have enforced, temporary no parking zones:
• Line Street/Poleta Road from the Bishop Creek Canal to one-half mile east of Airport Road, noon-10 p.m.
• Airport Road from the intersection of East Line Street/Poleta Road to one-quarter mile north, noon-10 p.m.
• Hanby Street from behind the Bishop City Park to just north of East Pine Street: 6 a.m.-10 p.m.
• Wye Road east from Spruce Street to the west gate of the Bishop Airport, noon-10 p.m.
• East Yaney Street from Spruce to Hanby streets, 6 a.m.-10 p.m.
There will be LADWP enforced road closures from noon July 4 to noon July 5 in the following locations:
• Bishop Creek Canal from Williams Waste to Line Street
• South Fork Bishop Creek/Rawson Creek from Bishop Creek Canal to Poleta Road
“As many of you know, California is experiencing a severe drought,” said Sheriff Bill Lutze. “This multi-agency effort is intended to improve the 4th of July experience for residents and citizens by establishing safe areas to view fireworks without impeding traffic or delaying response efforts in case of fire, ambulance or other emergencies along county and city roads.”
Historically people have been allowed to park in undeveloped locations to view the fireworks display at the Bishop Airport. According to a press release from the Sheriff’s Office, this has contributed to safety concerns for the environment, the community of Bishop and the many volunteers and professionals who fight fires.
As a reminder, fireworks are never allowed on Bureau of Land Management or National Forest lands. Fireworks can only be used on private property and not in the roadway. “Safe and Sane” fireworks are the only legal fireworks in California.

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