People react to police shutting down part of Washington Ave

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-- The St. Louis Metro Police Department will be shutting down a portion of Washington Ave. every Friday and Saturday night.

No traffic will be allowed through Tucker and 14th from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m.

It is an effort to ease congestion along the popular strip for weekend entertainment.

"It is usually crazy out here," Kim Laue said. "Cars bumper to bumper and loud music."

It is something the department did in 2012. The move is also to help people out enjoying the area navigate Washington Ave.

Many of them have had alcohol and try to walk between cars that are stuck in traffic jams.

"It can be dangerous out there,' Laue said.

Police said the measure is "indefinite."

Road blocks will go up in the area, and police officers will be on patrol to ensure people follow the new norm on Washington Ave.

Police closing parts of Washington Avenue to all vehicles