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Roads to close for torch relay

A number of road closures will take effect when the Olympic torch relay passes through Quesnel on Jan. 29. The community will host the torch at a mid-day celebration at Spirit Square at the corner of Reid Street and St.

A number of road closures will take effect when the Olympic torch relay passes through Quesnel on Jan. 29.

The community will host the torch at a mid-day celebration at Spirit Square at the corner of Reid Street and St. Laurent Avenue and to ensure maximum room for spectators, the 300 block of Reid Street will close to all traffic and parking from 6 a.m. on.

In addition, St. Laurent Avenue, from the lane on the east side of Reid St. to the lane on the west side of Reid St., will be closed to accommodate sponsor tents, refreshments and so on. The Spirit Square parking lot will close starting at 6 a.m. for similar activities.

The 200 block of Reid Street will close to parking only from 6 a.m. on. The street will remain open to traffic, except for two brief closures as the torch approaches and departs the stage.

Barlow Avenue will remain open throughout the day to ensure there is opportunity for traffic flow through the downtown core.

Parking will not be available on the 200 block of Kinchant Street on the east side of the road, in front of the Royal Canadian Legion. This space is required for the torch relay convoy while the celebration event is taking place at the Spirit Square.

Finally, the city will close one parking lot at city hall that is typically used for staff parking and half of the lot at the corner of St. Laurent Avenue and Vaughan Street. These parking areas are to be dedicated for use by VANOC officials and their designates.

The closures are expected to remain in place for much of the business day.

"It is, however, staff's intention to reopen all streets and parking areas as soon as is feasible," city officials said. "Those looking to avoid traffic or parking issues may want to take advantage of the free transit being offered by the city that day."

The torch will arrive in Prince George later on Jan. 29.