Updated: October 4, 2012 10:53PM
ST. CHARLES — Police are working to handle the numerous cars and people being generated by the 2012 St. Charles Scarecrow Festival being held today through Sunday downtown.
Police spokesman Erik Mahan said the festival is expected to produce heavy vehicle and pedestrian traffic in the downtown area. Parking will be limited, and several streets will be closed.
Mahan said festival attendees are encouraged to carpool and use remote park and shuttle lots. These will be set up at:
Haines Middle School, Ninth and Indiana streets.
School District 303 administration lot, Seventh and Indiana streets.
Thompson Middle School (Saturday and Sunday only), Seventh and West Main streets.
Charlestowne Mall, Parking Lot H, 3800 E. Main St.
The following parking lot closures will be in effect on the days listed below:
Municipal Parking Lot G: River Plaza Parking Lot — North Second Street and Cedar/State Street, Wednesday-Sunday.
Municipal Parking Lot J: Municipal Center Parking Lot (south half only) — North Riverside Avenue, Thursday-Sunday.
Municipal Parking Lot L: Old St. Charles Court Lot — North Third Street, Friday-Sunday.
Municipal Parking Lot P: Riverside Avenue north of State Avenue and adjacent to the police station, Thursday-Sunday.
The following street closures will be in effect on the days listed below:
North Third Street between Cedar Street and State Street, Thursday-Sunday.
North Third Street between Main Street and Cedar Street, Saturday and Sunday.
North Fourth Street between West Main Street and Cedar Street, Friday-Sunday.
North Fifth Street between West Main Street and Cedar Street, Friday-Sunday.
Also, Mahan said, parking will be restricted or prohibited on a number of streets. Additional “handicapped” parking will be posted on North Fifth Street, North Fourth Street, First Street and North Riverside Avenue. Motorists are encouraged to check for signs before parking. Handicap parking areas will be strictly enforced with a $250 fine.
St. Charles Police Department and Emergency Management personnel will provide pedestrian assistance and traffic control at key intersections.
“Motorists should expect delays and are reminded to use caution due to the increased amount of pedestrian traffic,” Mahan said. “Please do not drive distracted.”