Super Cruise will offer shuttle service to ease congestion

SALEM – The 2014 Super Cruise will offer a shuttle service to visitors and spectators in an attempt to ease traffic congestion in the downtown area where most of the activity takes place.

The 9th annual Salem Super Cruise is set for June 19-22.

The Arby’s Cruisin’ Crew will manage parking for the Super Cruise. Group organizer Gene Johnson said they will run two shuttle buses from the east and west ends of the city to help alleviate traffic congestion. The city will manage the overall event.

The Arby’s Cruisin’ Crew is a supporter of the Salem Community Food Pantry and Johnson said plans have been drawn up for entry points to the city from all directions. The parking signs do not apply to show cars or car cruisers.

Starting in the north, traffic entering the city on state Route 45 (North Ellsworth Ave.) and U.S. 62 (North Lincoln Ave.) from Canfield will be able to follow signs to “Visitor Spectator Parking” to the parking area at the First Presbyterian Church of Salem on East Third Street.

Traffic from state Route 14, coming from Columbiana and Washingtonville can follow signs labeled “Park Car Shuttle Bus” from 5 to 10 p.m. (Friday and Saturday) in the Salem Regional Medical Center parking lot on East Third Street.

A shuttle bus will be available or motorists can drive to the downtown area.

From the south on state Routes 344 from Leetonia, 45 from Lisbon, Depot Road from Guilford lake and state Route 9 from Hanoverton, motorists can follow signs labeled “Visitors Spectators Parking” to the parking areas located on the South Broadway Avenue parking area and look for signs saying “Parking for Car Cruise.”

From the west, Georgetown Road, U.S. 62 from Alliance and state Route 14 from Berlin Center motorists can follow the signs marked “Park Car Shuttle Bus” from 5 to 10 p.m. and walk to the Dairy Queen area, or drive to the downtown area.

Johnson said plans call for running shuttle buses from the 1900 block of East Third Street, at the north end of the Salem Regional Medical Center parking lot, and from the Frostop lot in the 900 block of West State Street to the downtown area and back every 15 minutes.

The shuttles will run from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

“We hope it will cut down over 20 percent of the traffic,” he said.

Each of the parking area will have drop-off areas for anyone wanting to donate non-perishable food items to the Salem Community Food Pantry. Shuttle drivers will work for tips only.