ST. CHARLES – With the Greater St. Charles Convention and Visitors Bureau hoping Scarecrow Fest maintains last year’s attendance of 150,000 people, the St. Charles Police Department is reminding residents of traffic restrictions and parking options for the three-day event.
Festival attendees are encouraged to carpool and use the remote park and shuttle lots. The west side lots are Haines Middle School at Ninth and Indiana streets; the St. Charles School District 303 administration lot at Seventh and Indiana streets; and – Saturday and Sunday only – Thompson Middle School at Seventh and West Main streets. The eastside lot is Charlestowne Mall, 3800 E. Main St., parking lot “H.”
These parking lots will also be closed through Sunday:
• River Plaza parking lot at North Second and Cedar/State streets.
• Municipal Center parking lot, south half only, in the 100 block of North Riverside Avenue.
• Old St. Charles court lot at North Third Street
• Riverside Avenue north of State Avenue and adjacent to the police department.
These street closures will be in effect on these days:
• North Third Street between Cedar and State streets, through Sunday.
• North Third Street between Main and Cedar streets, Saturday and Sunday.
• North Fourth Street between West Main and Cedar streets, through Sunday.
• North Fifth Street between West Main and Cedar streets, through Sunday.
Parking also will be restricted on city streets. Additional handicap parking will be posted on North Riverside Avenue and North Fifth, North Fourth and First streets.
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 because of the increased amount of pedestrian traffic.