Traffic change for launch of vaccine clinics

Broad Street temporarily closed to thru traffic

Visitors and patients at Longstreet Clinic’s main campus in Gainesville may notice some traffic changes when they arrive for their next appointment.

The City of Gainesville recently granted permission to temporarily close Broad Street between Prior and Spring streets to thru traffic in order to help ease congestion caused by increased drive-thru COVID-19 testing, as well as patients arriving for COVID-19 vaccine appointments. This section of Broad Street remains open for patient access to parking and drive-thru COVID testing.

Longstreet Clinic has added dedicated vaccine appointment parking for patient convenience. These parking spots are located in the lot adjacent to the greenspace between Longstreet Clinic and Northeast Georgia Medical Center’s South Entrance (see map). Patients with vaccine appointments should park in these spaces, cross Broad Street using the crosswalk and enter the building through Entrance A (look for the large blue “A”). Vaccine clinic registration is just inside the entrance on the left.

Longstreet Clinic suggests those arriving for vaccine or testing appointments should enter Broad Street from the west via Prior Street, when possible.

“We appreciate the City, as well as the hospital, for working with us to make this happen,” said Loren Funk, COO. “Though we apologize for any inconvenience this change may cause in the short term, we believe this solution enables us to more efficiently run our drive-thru testing tent and vaccine clinics, and will greatly reduce congestion, creating a safer environment for all.”

Originally published Jan. 19, 2021.

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