Cruise parking plentiful

SALEM – In anticipation of the usual big turnout, there will be three show car parking lots available when the 9th Annual Salem Super Cruise opens Thursday.

Gene Johnson, an organizer with the Arby’s Cruisin’ Crew that will handle the parking, said the municipal lot on East Pershing Street, the Arby’s Restaurant and the lot in the 500 block of E. Second Street will be the major parking lots for the weekend.

The lot on E. Pershing Street, which traditionally draws the most attention, will be manned by members of the Salem Perry Township Crime Watch and Salem Community Food Pantry volunteers.

All of E. Pershing Street from S. Lincoln Avenue to S. Ellsworth Avenue will be blocked off with one way, east to west, traffic show-car only traffic from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

The Arby’s lot will be managed by members of the Arby’s Cruisin’ Crew. The E. Second Street lot will be managed by the Kool Time Kruiser Club. Each lot will be linked by Shout Cheap Internet communications that will stream music from the E. Pershing Street lot, Johnson said.

The music will also be streamed to State Street Tattoo, Price2Sell on E. State Street, the Dairy Queen on W. State Street and other locations. Music from the 50s and 60s will provide the main theme. Johnson said William Dawes has volunteered to DJ the event on Saturday for a couple of hours.

There will be shuttle bus service from the east and west ends of town running from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday night. Johnson estimated the shuttles will alleviate about 20 percent of the traffic. There will be signs posted at each entrance to town directing motorists to parking areas.

The shuttle on the east end will use the Salem Regional Medical Center parking lot that adjoins E. 3rd Street as a terminal. The Dairy Queen is the pick-up and drop-off point on the W. State Street.

The Salem and Alliance Salvation Army and Sterling House will operate the eastern shuttle and drop people off at the E. Second Street show-car lot.

Motorists using the western shuttle can park in the open field adjoining the office of Dr. Mark Shivers. The shuttle will be operated by Connecting Point Chapel from Beloit and the Church at the Center in Salem. People will be dropped off on Wilson Street behind the police department.

The Arby’s Cruisin’ Crew supports the Salem Community Food Pantry. Guests can bring a non-perishable food item or contribute to a tip jar on the shuttles.

Motorist entering Salem from the south will be directed by signs to the Butech parking lot on S. Broadway Avenue, Johnson said. Motorists arriving from the north will be directed to the Presbyterian Church lot on E. Second Street that has access from Second and Third streets.

Johnson said motorcycles will be directed to N. Broadway Avenue that will be blocked off from E. State Street to Sugartree Alley. Johnson said about 200 bikes can be parked in that area.