Several major intersections on the north side of Wichita will be closed for up to two hours today as hundreds of motorcycles take part in the annual Wichita Toy Run.
Wichita police Capt. Russell Leeds said every intersection along Broadway — from downtown to 85th Street North — will be shut down as the bikers pass through.
Leeds said motorists traveling east or west through the area should plan to use Kellogg or I-235 to avoid delays.
Although emergency vehicles will be ushered through the intersections, Leeds said, other drivers trying to cross Broadway can expect to be turned back for much of the afternoon.
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The motorcycles will start staging at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium at 10:30 a.m. The parade is scheduled to leave at 1 p.m., traveling east across the Lewis Street Bridge before heading north on Broadway.
Leeds said 40 police officers and five sheriff's deputies will block intersections as a police car leads the parade north on Broadway to 85th Street North.
Several major Wichita intersections — including Central, 13th, 21st, 29th and 37th streets — will be blocked for up to two hours as more than 3,000 motorcycles pass through.
"It's going to inconvenience folks," Leeds said.
The donations help the Salvation Army, Toys for Tots and the Kansas Food Bank. The event started 30 years ago with about 30 riders and has grown steadily to about 3,300 riders last year.