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The Journal Gazette

Friday, July 12, 2019 1:00 am

Street closures planned as festival begins

DAVE GONG | The Journal Gazette

TRF road Closures

All weekend

7 p.m. today to 11 p.m. July 20

• Barr Street from Main to Berry

24 hours

• Left curb lane of South Clinton by Headwaters Park from the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Bridge to Superior

Art in the Park

6 p.m. today to 11 p.m. Sunday

• Main from Clinton to Lafayette

Parade

6:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday

• Wayne from Fairfield to Rockhill

• Main from Runnion to Lafayette

• Van Buren from Washington to Superior

• Fairfield from Superior to Wayne

• Ewing from Wayne to Main

• Harrison from Wayne to Main

• Calhoun from Superior to Washington

• Berry from Clinton to Harrison

• Barr from Main to Berry

• Superior from Clinton to Harrison

• Barr from Main to Berry

• Columbia from Harrison to Calhoun

• Rockhill from Main to Washington

Bed Race

5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday

• East Main from Lafayette to Clinton

Fireworks

Afternoon and evening July 20

• Calhoun from Jefferson to Berry

• Wayne from Harrison to Clinton

• Washington from Clinton to Harrison

With more than 80 events planned for the next nine days, the annual Three Rivers Festival is the biggest celebration in the city of Fort Wayne.

But with that come traffic delays and street closures, especially during Saturday's kickoff parade. Twelve downtown streets will close from 6:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. to accommodate the parade, which draws thousands of spectators and hundreds of participants every year.

The parade begins at 10 a.m. at Wayne and Rockhill streets. The route will follow Wayne to Fairfield Avenue, where it will turn toward Berry Street. The parade will then continue along Berry to Calhoun Street. The parade will conclude at the corner of Calhoun and Superior streets.

Saturday events include Art in the Park and the Chalk Walk, the Lawton Park Flea Market, Antiques at the Park in McCulloch Park and the Huge Rummage Sale at First Wayne Street United Methodist Church.

Some downtown streets will close for the entire weekend to accommodate Art in the Park, and other restrictions will be in place for the entire festival, as well as for the Bed Race on Wednesday and the fireworks display July 20.

Drivers should expect detours and delays throughout the festival, said Sofia Rosales-Scatena, public information officer for the Fort Wayne Police Department.

“Also smile and drive safe,” she said.

For more information on the festival, go to www.threeriversfestival.org.

dgong@jg.net