Altered traffic patterns are now in effect for the run of the Illinois State Fair. Traffic runs one way counterclockwise around the fairgrounds.
Springfield police are also warning that most side streets around the fairgrounds are being designated as “no parking zones” for the duration of the fair. No on-street parking will be allowed from 5th Street to Peoria Road and from Sangamon Avenue to Griffiths Street. That will last until the conclusion of the fair on August 18th.
Meanwhile, be ready for traffic tieups and multiple street closures for tonight’s State Fair Twilight Parade. The parade steps off from 9th and North Grand at 6pm, and the route runs down Peoria Road to the fairgrounds. But portions of North Grand, 9th and 11th Streets will be closed down earlier for parade participants to line up.
And Springfield police are also urging people to be careful during the parade, particularly in keeping small children from running into the roadway to retrieve candy.