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Riverbend cleanup begins moments after fireworks

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -

As soon as the fireworks were over Saturday evening, crews began tearing down, transforming Riverfront Parkway from a music festival back into a city street.

Piles of trash lined up along Riverfront Parkway marked the end of Riverbend 2016. “I think it's great, get the roads open pretty quickly and everything will be back to the way it was. Nice and pretty for everyone to get around,” said Rebecca Gilbert.

Crews were out all day Sunday bagging garbage, tearing down signs, and cleaning streets. Jerry Mauldin, with Public Works, said thousands of people attended the 9-day-long event.   Those big crowds brought in lots of trash. “It's amazing how much we pick up every night. Some years, some nights a lot heavier depending on who is playing,” said Mauldin.

He said every year city workers do their best to step up their efforts to grab and bag all the debris. “The festival gets trashed every night; a lot of the city gets trashed every night also. The same people who work in here, also rolls out to the city.”

Volunteers, crews, and vendors helped get things back to normal in the downtown area. Amy Morrow with the festival said within hours the city will return to its regular landscape. “Audio, lighting is gone, production guys are gone, stages are starting to come down,” said Morrow.

But it's not possible without each member of the crews putting in their time. “It takes us several days to build this city, it does come down quicker, but takes a lot of hands to do it.”

She said the festival turned out to be everything they hoped It would be and planning for Riverbend 2017 will begin soon. “Once you let us get this place cleaned up and the roads opened we will start talking about Riverbend 36 and see what we can do.”

If you are planning to driver Riverfront Parkway it should open midday Monday. 

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