The Birthplace of Route 66 festival is requiring the closure of several downtown streets beginning Thursday morning and lasting until Sunday morning.
The city of Springfield will close two small roads downtown Thursday, with the bulk closing Friday.
On behalf of the City of Springfield and Birthplace of Route 66 Festival partners KY3 and Aaron Sachs & Associates, we want to thank citizens and downtown businesses for their cooperation and understanding as we work to stage a fun and safe event for Springfield,” Director of Public Information and Civic Engagement Cora Scott said in a statement. “We expect festival attendance to reach 70,000 people this year. We understand that the road closures and traffic delays are an inconvenience, but public safety is our top concern with this many visitors, vehicles, vendors, exhibitors and entertainers coming to our downtown for the festival.”
Maps have been released for residents to know what routes will be closed and where parking will be restricted for the festival: