Police Reopen Crowded Belle Isle to Vehicles After Sunday Shutdown

July 10, 2022, 9:05 PM

Barricades at Belle Isle. (Photo: Deadline Detroit)

Update, 9:05 p.m. Sunday: Michigan State Police allowed incoming traffic to resume Sunday evening, the force reported around 7:15 p.m.

Original article, Sunday afternoon: 

A classic sunny summer day and the Detroit Kite Festival prompted authorities to stop vehicles from entering the very crowded Belle Isle for a stretch of time Sunday afternoon.

Though authorities said the island had reached capacity, bikes and pedestrians still could enter. The kite festival ran from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The temporary closing of MacArthur Bridge vehicle lanes caused a long lineup on eastbound Jefferson Avenue. 

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