The list of street closings for Riverfest is long. The general theme seems to be that if you’re driving downtown, be ready to take alternate routes, especially for the opening ceremony Friday night.
Be patient: “People just need to be courteous, have some patience and follow any street signs that someone might approach while driving,” said Lt. James Espinoza, spokesman for the Wichita Police.
Give yourself time: “This is a big event for Wichita and people really need to leave their homes in plenty of time,” Espinoza said. “The city and Riverfest have provided areas for people to park.”
Lt. Joe Schroeder, who is helping coordinate the police support, said the main streets for people to remember are that Douglas will be closed from Main to Waco and Waco will be closed from Douglas to Central.
Respect barricades: “If there’s police cars in the street or a closed sign, don’t go down it,” Schroeder advised. “Don’t drive around barricades: it will get you a citation unless you’re directed to.”
Here is the list of streets that will be closed this weekend:
Now through 11 p.m. Sunday, June 9
Century II Drive between Douglas and Main
9 a.m. Friday, May 29 through 1 a.m. Monday, June 1;
Monday, June 1 through Thursday, June 4: 2 p.m. - 1 a.m.;
2 p.m. Friday, June 5 through noon, June 8:
Douglas between Waco & Water
N. Civic Center Place at Douglas.
Willis Corroon Dr. at Douglas.
RedGuard Stage Area at WaterWalk
Now through 11 p.m. Tuesday, June 10:
Wichita Street between Lewis and Hyatt Driveway
Water between Waterman and Dewey
Waterwalk Plc/Lewis between Wichita Street and Water
Noon to midnight, Thursday, June 4;
9 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday, June 6;
Lewis (including Lewis Street Bridge) between McLean and Wichita
Wichita Street between Lewis and Dewey
Friday, May 29:
Start: Central and Main; south on Main to Douglas; west on Douglas to Waco; north on Waco to Third; Staging on Main, north of Central to 11th Street between Water and Market.
Friday, May 29
5:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Main from Central to 11th
Elm from Water to Market
Pine from Wichita to Market
Wichita from Murdock to Central
Wichita from Murdock to Eighth
Water from Murdock to Elm
Eighth from Water to Market
Ninth from Water to Market
10th from Water to Market
Central stays open for cross traffic for as long as practical.
Friday, May 29, 6-9 p.m.
Main from Central to English
Second from Market to Waco
First from McLean to Main
Waco from Douglas to Central
Third from Riverview to Market
Central from Market to Nims
Greenway from Central to Waco
Douglas from McLean to Market
William from Market to Main
Murdock form Waco to Market
Water form Douglas to Third
Note: Any traffic exiting the Core Area or to/from the Broadview Hotel, Century II personnel and Hyatt Service will access via Douglas from McLean.
Note: Northwest portion of 1st and McLean intersection remains open for traffic.
WPD ultimately controls the actual times of street closings and openings.
Fireworks - Opening & Closing Night
Viewing along the Arkansas River from Lewis to First Street
9 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday, May 29 and Saturday, June 6:
Douglas from Water to Sycamore (Noon. - 11 p.m.)
Second/First from McLean to Waco (5:30 p.m. - 11 p.m.)
McLean from First to Maple (5:30 p.m. – 11 p.m.)
Civic Center Place at Douglas. (Noon – 11 p.m.)
Willis Coroon at Douglas. (Noon - 11 p.m.)
Waco from Douglas to First (5:30 – 11 p.m.)
Sycamore from McLean to Douglas (Noon – 11p.m.)