In preparation for Harborfest 2012, the Oswego Police Department announced the following advisories regarding traffic, pedestrian and general information specific to the Harborfest Celebration scheduled for July 25-29.
Alcoholic Beverages/Open Container Ordinance — Harborfest is designed to be a fun, family oriented event and Oswego police are asking 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, the Picnic Areas located in Wright’s Landing, and the designated vendor Café area in Washington Square.
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.
Oswego police are asking motorists to pay particular attention to the signage over the Harborfest weekend to help eliminate undo traffic congestion.
Street Closings – Saturday, July 28 at about 5:30 p.m., barricades manned by law enforcement and city personnel will be placed at each intersection along West Bridge Street from West 1st 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 motorist 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.
The Bridge Street Bridge and the Utica Street Bridge will be closed to vehicular traffic from 9:30 p.m. to midnight Saturday night, during and immediately following the fireworks, only pedestrians and emergency vehicles will be allowed access during that time.
Boat Launching – Any person wishing to launch their boat at Wrights Landing on Saturday will have to do so before 5:30 p.m. Anyone who has parking passes for Wrights Landing, plan on being there by 5:30pm, because once police close the streets, they will not 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 the city
Streets that run North/South:
West First Street between West Seneca Street & Lake Street (No Parking East side)
West Second Street between West Bridge Street & Lake Street (No Parking East side)
West Third Street between West Bridge Street & Lake Street (No Parking East side)
West Fourth Street between West Seneca Street & Lake Street (No Parking East side)
West Fifth Street between West Utica Street & Lake Street (No Parking East side)
West Sixth Street between West Bridge Street & West Van Buren Street (No Parking East side)
West Seventh Street between West Bridge Street & West Schuyler Street (No Parking East side)
Montcalm Street between West Schuyler Street & Lake Street (No Parking East side)
West Eighth Street between West Bridge Street & West Cayuga Street (No Parking West side)
West Eighth Street between West Cayuga Street &Lake Street (No Parking East side)
Ontario Street between West Cayuga Street & Lake Street (No Parking East side)
Liberty Street between West Bridge Street & the North End (No Parking East side)
Dorcas Street between Bronson Street & West Van Buren Street (No Parking East side)
Streets that run East / West
West Bridge Street between West First Street & West Third Street (No Parking North side)
West Cayuga Street between West First Street & West Bridge Street (No Parking North side)
West Seneca Street between West First Street & West Bridge Street (No Parking South side)
West Schuyler Street between West First Street & Liberty Street (No Parking North side)
West Schuyler Street between Liberty Street & John Street (No Parking Either side)
West Schuyler Street between John Street & First Ave. (No Parking North side)
West Van Buren Street between West Second Street & Liberty Street (No Parking South side)
Bronson Street between Montcalm & Liberty Street (No Parking North side)
East side of the City of Oswego
East Fourth Street between East Schuyler Street & East Bridge Street (No Parking West Side)
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. 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.
Ticketing and Towing – Parking violators will be ticketed and towed beginning Thursday, July 26. The fines for parking are $30 for most violations and $80 for handicap violations.
Park-N-Ride – Police are encouraging motorists, for a small fee, to use the Harborfest Park-N-Ride lot located at SUNY Oswego. Parking in the Park-N-Ride area will allow you to use the Centro Bus Shuttle service to take you into our downtown area.
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.
Police are asking 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 Saturday.