Although cruisers and some vendors have already been out on Woodward, the official event has yet to start. Both public service workers from several municipalities and private companies on Thursday started getting Bloomfield's portion of Woodward Avenue "cruise ready."
Bloomfield Hills does not formally participate in the Woodward Dream Cruise and neither the city nor the township close roads leading up to the event. But that doesn't stop residents and others from lining both north and southbound Woodward. Tents appeared all along the corridor through Bloomfield Hills and Bloomfield Township throughout the day, and with them came an early group of gawkers at some prime spots, such as the Radisson Hotel.
Director of public services for Royal Oak and President of the Woodward Dream Cruise, Greg Rassel knows there is plenty yet to do even though they are on schedule.
"Things are going well and hopefully the rain will blow through tonight and we'll have a great Friday and Saturday," Rassel said.
Tents and vendor displays "are still going up" according to Rassel even though the "things don't start until Friday. There is a lot of activity for a 36-hour event. We should be ready to go by noon tomorrow."
"At this point in time we are only dealing with problems so the fewer phone calls I get the better off we are," Rassel said. "The crisis management has been minimum."
Woodward will close on Friday night at 10 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Saturday. Cars will be fed onto mile roads to clear the avenue and all pedestrians will be cleared from the roadsides.
"We will tell everybody sitting on the shoulders to go home and then we'll open it back up," Rassel said.