Alternate routes suggested for downtown BR during busy holiday weekend

With two sold-out concerts and a conference going on downtown this weekend, officials are advising people coming for the Friday events to leave early and plan to use alternate routes.

Those attending concerts by Elton John or Anthony Hamilton, which are both set for Friday at the Baton Rouge River Center, are advised to use North Boulevard, Convention Street, Florida Boulevard, River Road, North Street and Highland Road as alternates to Government Street, according to a news release from the Downtown Development District.

Parking can be found in garages on Mayflower Street, River Road, Third and Convention streets and St. Philip Street and South Boulevard, the release says.

In addition, two free trolleys will be running a loop from River Road in front of the River Center to North Boulevard to Third Street to Main Street to Fourth Street to Government to River Road, said Davis Rhorer of the Downtown Development District.