GODFREY — Village officials, local law enforcement and the Godfrey Fire and Emergency Services Disaster Agency are coordinating planning efforts in conjunction with businesses along the procession route to ensure operations go as smoothly as possible for the funeral procession for slain police officer Blake Snyder that will start in Chesterfield, Mo., and end at Valhalla Cemetery in Godfrey on Thursday.
Residents and businesses should expect heavy traffic congestion, parking access restrictions (to local parks) and temporary lane and road closures during the event, which could take place any time between noon and 4 p.m.
The procession will take the northwest route from Alton up the River Road, then turn right on Clifton Terrace up to West Delmar, then right on West Delmar to the cemetery.
Parking and access restrictions are as follows:
Parking at La Vista Park will be closed to the public and reserved only for first responders in uniform or overflow procession traffic that won’t fit in Valhalla Cemetery parking areas. (First responders arriving separately from the procession will walk from La Vista and assemble along the frontage of Valhalla Cemetery)
The lower parking lot of Clifton Terrace Park will be closed to accommodate the village of Godfrey Parks and Recreation and Public Works “honor detail.”
The Eagleridge Veterinary Clinic parking lot will be closed to the public and reserved for police use and event operations parking.
The following businesses have agreed to host public parking along the procession route on West Delmar between Clifton Terrace and Valhalla Cemetery:
- Sunset Bar & Grill, 2807 West Delmar
- Dollar General, 2900 West Delmar (park on side lot and side lot grassy area)
- Melville Dairy, 2904 West Delmar (park on side lot)
- Clifton Country Inn, 3015 West Delmar
There may be some “limited” parking on the upper lot at Clifton Terrace park.
Once the procession arrives in the Riverbend, the following roads will be temporarily closed to through traffic: all of West Delmar (going east to Valhalla Cemetery) will be closed by Godfrey Fire between Clifton Terrace Road all the way to Crystal Lake Road until the procession has completed.
Village officials are strongly encouraging public supporters to carpool or ride share if they want to participate and share their respects and are also encouraging the public to use available biking or walking options on the many miles of trails that follow the River Road from Alton to Clifton Terrace.
Godfrey Public Safety Administrator Chris Sichra has one request of the public during the activity.
“We ask that everyone, whether they drive, bike or walk to this event, to take their time and be patient,” he said. “Be thoughtful of where you are parking so that you don’t block driveways, don’t drive on residents’ lawns, impede access areas or enter private property that is posted or barricaded, and especially we ask that supporters who are coming out take additional care to be safe on the roadways and look out for pedestrians, spectators and of course, other vehicles.”
For information, contact Sichra at firstname.lastname@example.org or (314) 223-5995.