Riverfest 2017: Traffic restrictions and bridge closures

CINCINNATI -- Want to get the biggest bang out of Sunday's Riverfest? It'll take a little planning.

Covington, Newport and Cincinnati are making multiple traffic adjustments to accommodate the estimated 500,000 people expected to watch the Western & Southern/WEBN Fireworks from the banks of the Ohio River.

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The fireworks start at approximately 9:05 p.m. Sunday but street and bridge closings, along with parking restrictions, will take effect hours before the show.

Here is a map detailing traffic restrictions and when they start on Sunday. See a detailed list of those restrictions below the map.

Cincinnati

The city recommends people arrive early for festivities and use Metro, TANK and the Cincinnati streetcar to travel to the riverfront.

Closures:

  • Access to the Cincinnati riverfront will be limited to pedestrians south of Third Street.
  • The Purple People Bridge will close to foot traffic at 5 p.m. Sunday.
  • The Taylor-Southgate Bridge, Roebling Suspension Bridge and Clay Wade Bailey Bridge will close to all vehicle traffic at 6 p.m. Sunday. Pedestrians may cross on the west side of the Taylor-Southgate Bridge until 7:30 p.m.
  • Access to the Daniel Carter Beard Bridge (I-471) from Ohio will close at 7:30 p.m. Sunday.
  • The Third Street exit from westbound Columbia Parkway will close at 9 p.m. Sunday.

Parking restrictions

  • On-street parking will not be available throughout the Downtown area south of Ninth Street after 11 a.m. Sunday.

Covington

Street closures:

  • All streets north of East Fourth Street and east of Madison Avenue to the Licking River will close to vehicle traffic starting at 6 p.m. Sunday. Madison Avenue will remain open to allow access to public parking lots and garages until they are full or 6 p.m., whichever occurs first. This area may not reopen to traffic until an hour after the fireworks are over.
  • The Fourth Street Bridge to Newport will close to all vehicle traffic at 8 p.m. Sunday.
  • Devou Park, Kenton Hills and the Bluffs will restrict traffic starting at 2 p.m. Sunday. Access to these areas will be restricted to residents and their guests only.

Parking restrictions

Vehicles parked in the following areas will be towed starting at 7 a.m. Sunday:

  • Riverside Drive
  • Garrard Street between East Second Street and Riverside Drive
  • Kennedy Street between East Second Street and Riverside Drive
  • Shelby Street
  • Scott Boulevard north of East Fourth Street (including parking meters)
  • Greenup Street north of East Fourth Street (including parking meters)
  • East Third Street east of Madison Avenue (including parking meters)
  • Park Place (including parking meters)
  • Court Street (including parking meters)
  • Surface lots along the flood wall on Rivercenter Boulevard between Madison Avenue and Johnson Street and below the Roebling Suspension Bridge
  • Grass areas in Devou Park
  • All vehicles parked in garages and parking lots located north of East Fourth Street and east of Madison Avenue will not be permitted to leave until pedestrian traffic has cleared.

Newport

Street closures

  • Riverboat Row and Columbia Street north of Fourth Street will close at 8 a.m. Sunday.
  • The Purple People Bridge will close at 5:30 p.m. Sunday.
  • The Taylor-Southgate Bridge will close to vehicle traffic at 6 p.m. Sunday and pedestrian traffic at 7:30 p.m.
  • Monmouth Street from Third to 11th streets will close at 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Monmouth will reopen to southbound traffic only starting at 9 p.m. No parking will be allowed on Monmouth Street.
  • North and southbound I-471 ramps to Route 8 will close at 7:30 p.m. Sunday.
  • 10th Street between Saratoga and York streets will close at 7:30 p.m. Sunday.
  • Licking Pike at Aspen Court will close to northbound traffic starting at 9 p.m. Sunday.
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