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If You’re Going To Harborfest, You Need To Know This

OSWEGO, NY – In preparation for Harborfest, the Oswego Police Department wishes to announce the following advisories regarding traffic, pedestrian and general information specific to the celebration scheduled July 23-26.

Traffic Control / Signage

As always, there are many signs directing traffic in certain areas.

Additionally, there may be other signage specific to Harborfest (such as no left turn signs, directions to / from park-n-ride locations, temporary no parking signs, etc.) that may be in place.

We ask that motorists pay particular attention to the signage over Harborfest weekend to help eliminate undue traffic congestion as a result of disobeying the traffic control devices.

Street Closings

On Saturday, at about 5:30 p.m., barricades manned by New York State Police personnel will be placed at each intersection along West Bridge Street from West First Street to Liberty Street to stop vehicular traffic from traveling north of West Bridge Street.

Residents in this area may obtain access, with appropriate identification, at Liberty Street and West Bridge Street.

Family members and friends of these residents who are planning to go to these residences should plan on arriving before 5 p.m. as they will not be allowed access to the area once the streets are closed.

Additionally, there are a number of temporary parking restrictions that motorists should be aware of (see listing of affected streets below).

Harborfest vendors, delivery persons and cabs will also be allowed access at Liberty Street and West Bridge Street.

At 6 p.m., there will be no vehicular traffic permitted on Lake Street until after the fireworks and all pedestrian traffic clears.

NOTE: The Bridge Street Bridge and the Utica Street Bridge will be closed to vehicular traffic from 9:30 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, during and immediately following the fireworks, only pedestrians and emergency vehicles will be allowed access during that time.

Motorists are strongly encouraged to plan accordingly.

Boat Launching

Any person wishing to launch their boat at Wright’s Landing on Saturday will have to do so before 5:30 p.m.

Anyone who has parking passes for Wright’s Landing, plan on being there by 5:30 p.m., because once we close the streets, you will not be allowed access.

Handicap Parking

Handicap parking is limited in the Breitbeck Park area.

If you plan on trying to park in one of these locations, you should plan to do so by 5 p.m.

Once the streets are closed vehicular traffic will be denied.

Note: These handicap parking spaces are usually full by late morning on the day of the fireworks.

Please consider using trolleys and cabs as they will be allowed access.

Parking

Parking is limited near all Harborfest venues.

Additionally, to help facilitate the movement of emergency vehicles, the following parking restrictions will be in effect (some of which may already be in place):

WEST SIDE OF CITY OF OSWEGO

Streets that run North / South

West First Street between West Seneca Street and Lake Street (No Parking east side)

West Second Street between West Bridge Street and Lake Street (No Parking east side)

West Third Street between West Bridge Street and Lake Street (No Parking east side)

West Fourth Street between West Seneca Street and Lake Street (No Parking east side)

West Fifth Street between West Utica Street and Lake Street (No Parking east side)

West Sixth Street between West Bridge Street and West Van Buren Street (No Parking east side)

West Seventh Street between West Bridge Street and West Schuyler Street (No Parking east side)

Montcalm Street between West Schuyler Street and Lake Street (No Parking east side)

West Eighth Street between West Bridge Street and West Cayuga Street (No Parking west side)

West Eighth Street between West Cayuga Street and Lake Street (No Parking east side)

Ontario Street between West Cayuga Street and Lake Street (No Parking east side)

Liberty Street between West Bridge Street and the North End (No Parking east side)

Dorcas Street between Bronson Street and West VanBuren Street (No Parking east side)

Streets that run East / West

West Cayuga Street between West First Street and West Bridge Street (No Parking north side)

West Seneca Street between West First Street and West Bridge Street (No Parking south side)

West Schuyler Street between West First Street and Liberty Street (No Parking north side)

West Schuyler Street between Liberty Street and John Street (No Parking either side)

West Schuyler Street between John Street and First Ave. (No Parking north side)

West Van Buren Street between West Second Street and Liberty Street (No Parking south side)

Bronson Street between Montcalm and Liberty Street (No Parking north side)

EAST SIDE OF CITY OF OSWEGO

East Fourth Street between East Schuyler Street and East Bridge Street (No Parking west side)

Parking violators will be ticketed and towed beginning Thursday.

The fines for parking are $30 for most violations and $80 for handicap violations.

Scotty’s Towing (315-342-2869) tows for the city of Oswego and they will be towing vehicles to their lot at 500 W. First St., (south of Ellen Street).

The towing fee is $75.

We encourage motorists to use the Harborfest Park-N-Ride lots located at SUNY Oswego, and the Oswego Speedway.

Parking in both of the Park-N-Ride areas is $5 / car / day, and you may use the Centro Bus Shuttle service to take you into our downtown area.

We also encourage residents to walk or use the trolleys and / or bus service.

Note: The shuttle buses and trolleys will not be crossing the river.

You will need to walk or, for a small fee, use the water taxi (operational during daylight hours only).

Pedestrians

The “Rail Trail Bridge” and “Tunnel” will be closed at dark.

After dark, pedestrians will have to use the Bridge Street Bridge or the Utica Street Bridge to travel across the river.

We ask people attending Harborfest to use crosswalks at an intersection controlled by a police officer or a traffic light, as vehicular traffic will be heavy, particularly on Saturday.

We also ask that motorists be extremely cautious of pedestrian traffic.

Pedestrian safety is a priority for the Oswego Police Department and we ask all pedestrians to use the sidewalks as they walk throughout the city during Harborfest.

Open Container Ordinance

Harborfest is designated to be a fun family oriented event and we ask all those attending Harborfest to be respectful of others enjoying the festival and to act responsibly.

The city’s Open Container Ordinance, which prohibits the possession of an open container of an alcoholic beverage in a public place, will be strictly enforced throughout this event.

Fines for this violation can be up to $250, 15 days in jail or both.

The only exceptions to the ordinance, where adults over the age of 21 may legally possess an open container of an alcoholic beverage in public space are: Breitbeck Park, Wright’s Landing Picnic Area, and the designated area on Water Street (north of Bridge Street after the street has been closed by police).

If you do choose to drink alcoholic beverages, do so responsibly and please don’t drink and drive.

For additional Harborfest information, visit www.oswegoharborfest.com

1 Comment

  1. I have to say that if you’re starving for money such as this community is than putting up barricades and not allowing people to enter certain streets is quite stupid. Every year we spend alot of money dealing with drunk kids and tourists and nothing good comes from it for the citizens only the money grabbing politicians. I personally know one third or more of this town and they do not want their streets closed so that the rich can corral these people down the streets with their stores on it. We want this event but it should be done in a safer place such as brietbeck or east park… what about the Fort of Oswego, why have these places if we do not use them? Again the rich get what they want and we deal because we wont MAKE them stop. I have had it with this towns leadership and will be leaving along with many other people who can not stand bureaucracy or greed any longer!

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