IDOT Alters Fairground-Area Traffic Patterns to Boost Safety for State Fair
Detour Signage Used to Assist Motorists
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation today
announced that traffic pattern changes around the 2011 Illinois
State Fair will be implemented starting Thursday to boost safety
and accommodate the parade along with anticipated traffic.
Traffic patterns will be changed to a counterclockwise one-way
pattern on streets around the state fairgrounds from Thursday,
August 11 to Sunday, August 21. Portable, changeable message
signs will be located at the fairgrounds advising motorists
prior to the traffic pattern change.
While the one-way traffic pattern is in effect, the westbound
left-turn lane and the eastbound right-turn lane on Veterans
Parkway will be closed at the 8th Street intersection. These
closures are needed to ensure that traffic does not back up on
8th Street and onto Veterans Parkway.
The State Fair Parade route and staging area will be the same as
last year. The parade will begin at the intersection of 9th
Street and North Grand Avenue and continue into the Main Gate
via Peoria Road and 11th Street. The staging area will be
bounded by North Grand Avenue, 10th Street, Carpenter Street and
8th Street. Some additional staging will be set-up along North
Grand Avenue between 9th Street and 11th Street.
The approximate times of traffic pattern changes are as follows:
Thursday, August 11
Fairgrounds traffic pattern:
Between 5:30 a.m. & 6:00 a.m., one-way counterclockwise traffic
will begin around the fairgrounds.
State Fair Parade traffic pattern:
At approximately 11:30 a.m., 9th Street staging area will be
closed. 9th Street will be closed between Carpenter Street and
North Grand Avenue.
At approximately 4:30 p.m., 9th Street will be closed between
North Grand Avenue and Peoria Road. Peoria Road will be closed
from 9th Street to 11th Street. 11th Street will be closed from
Peoria Road to the fairground’s Main Gate.
At approximately 4:45 p.m., the staging area will be closed
along North Grand Avenue between 9th Street and 11th Street.
Parade detour signage will be in place to assist motorists
around the parade route. Motorists will be able to bypass the
parade area to the east by using 19th Street and Carpenter
Street. Motorists will be able to bypass the parade area to the
west by using 5th St. /6th St. / North Grand and J. David Jones
The parade is scheduled to begin at approximately 6:00 p.m. The
parade is expected to end by 10:00 p.m.; however the parade
route will remain closed until midnight to allow City crews to
perform street sweeping and clean-up duties.
Monday, August 22
Fairgrounds traffic pattern:
Between 5:30 a.m. and 6:00 a.m., one-way counterclockwise
traffic will end.
Should you have questions regarding this matter, please contact
IDOT District 6 at 217/782-7314.