Officials warning drivers of closed, one-lane streets in downtown OKC ahead of July 4th celebrations

OKLAHOMA CITY - Officials are warning drivers about traffic issues downtown during July 4.

"Just expect a lot of traffic delays," said Trooper Brack Miller with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. "We got caught in it last night leaving downtown. So, folks have to plan accordingly.'

Several streets in and around downtown are closed and others narrowed to one lane.

Construction on Oklahoma City Boulevard is blocking Classen and Western, and the new rail system is diverting traffic to other areas.

Officials asking people to be mindful when driving and parking to keep space open for first responders.

OHP also says parking on highways to watch fireworks is all too common and it's against the law.

"With people stopping on freeways and bridges, it creates a hazard for the traffic that`s passing by at 50, 60, 70 miles an hour," said Miller.