IDOT Alters Roadway Pattern for State Fairground Access to Improve Safety, Traffic Flow
Detour Signage in Place to Assist Motorists
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation
(IDOT) today announced that traffic pattern changes around the
2012 Illinois State Fair will be implemented starting tomorrow
to increase safety and accommodate the parade along with
anticipated traffic. Similar to last year, traffic patterns will
be changed to a counterclockwise one-way pattern on streets
around the state fairgrounds from Thursday morning, August 9, to
Monday morning, August 20. Portable, changeable message signs
will be located at the fairgrounds advising motorists prior to
the traffic pattern change.
“The Illinois State Fair attracts thousands of families
across the Midwest who, in turn, explore the variety of unique
products, friendly competitions and entertainment venues there
while sampling an array of delicious treats,” said Illinois
Transportation Secretary Ann L. Schneider. “To accommodate the
movement of motorists, IDOT is modifying traffic patterns around
the fairground to ease congestion and improve safety.”
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. The
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 and 11th Streets.
The approximate times of traffic pattern changes are as
Thursday, August 9
Fairgrounds traffic pattern:
Between 5:30 a.m. and 6 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 and 11th
- Detour signage will be in place to assist motorists
around the parade route. Travelers will be able to bypass
the parade area to the east by using 19th and Carpenter
Streets. Motorists will be able to bypass the parade area to
the west by using 5th Street /6th Street / North Grand and
J. David Jones Parkway.
- The parade is scheduled to begin at approximately 6 p.m.
and end by 10 p.m. The parade route will remain closed until
midnight to allow city crews to perform street sweeping and
Monday, August 20
Fairgrounds traffic pattern:
- Between 5:30 a.m. and 6 a.m., one-way counterclockwise
traffic will end.
Should you have questions regarding this matter, please
contact IDOT District 6 at 217/785-5312.