Riverfest 2013: Road closures and prepping to get downtown

CINCINNATI – City officials are estimating nearly 250,000 people will attend this year’s Cincinnati Riverfest activities that will take place on Sunday, Sept. 1.

In order to accommodate the large crowds, Cincinnati’s Transportation and Engineering division recently released recommendations for visitors trying to get down to the river’s edge for the 9 p.m. Cincinnati Bell/WEBN Fireworks display.

As noted by acting city traffic engineer Timothy Jamison, the key to enjoying the festivities will involve getting downtown early and knowing traffic restrictions set up by the city to deal with the influx of people.

In Cincinnati that will mean access to the riverfront will be limited to pedestrian traffic from Second Street south. Third Street and all roads north will be open to vehicle traffic, Jamison stated. On street parking south of Court Street will not be available after 11 a.m., Sunday.

Pay lots and garages will be opened throughout the downtown area, including lots just north of Paul Brown Stadium near Third Street.

In addition, here is a list of closures and times on the riverfront:

• The Clay Wade Bailey Bridge, Suspension Bridge, Purple People Bridge, and the Taylor Southgate Bridge will all close at 6 p.m. to vehicles and pedestrians.
• The streets into Mt. Adams will be closed at 6 p.m.
• The Daniel Carter Beard Bridge (I-471) will close at 8 p.m.
• The Third Street exits from westbound Columbia Parkway and southbound I-71 will close at 9 p.m.

Jamison notes that actual closure times may vary, depending on actual traffic volume.

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