Marquette Police Prepare for New Year’s Eve

2 days from now, downtown Marquette is hosting the U.P.’s largest New Year’s party with the annual ball drop.

It means local law enforcement could have their hands full making sure everyone stays safe.

As usual, there’ll be several street closures from 11:30pm New Year’s Eve until 1am.

Washington Street will be blocked off from Third Street to Lakeshore Boulevard.

And Front Street will be closed from Main Street to Bluff Street as well.

Police are asking drivers to avoid those areas on the big night.

If you have to drive anywhere in downtown that night, they recommend going slowly while keeping your eyes peeled for pedestrians.

Marquette City Police Cpl. James Finkbeiner says extra officers will be working overtime that night to make sure everyone watching the ball drop can have a safe, but busy and fun, night.

One of the major reasons for the added enforcement is to stop drunk drivers from causing accidents and havoc.

Police expect anywhere from 6,000 to 9,000 people to hit the streets for the ball drop 2 days from now.