Roads In Fort Collins Will Be Closed Today By CSU Homecoming Parade
Several roads will be temporarily closed in Fort Collins during the Colorado State University Homecoming and Family Weekend parade today (Friday, October 11). The 90-minute parade will begin at 4:30 p.m. today at the intersection of Howes and Oak streets in downtown Fort Collins. The parade will travel south on Howes, around the CSU Oval, across Lory Student Center plaza and will conclude on campus at Meridian and University avenues, at the West Lawn of the Lory Student Center.
WHEN WILL ROADS BE CLOSED?
Beginning at noon today streets in the staging area will be closed. The parade route will close at 3:30 p.m. Cars parked in the staging area will be towed beginning at noon.
WHAT STREETS WILL BE CLOSED BY THE PARADE?
- Howes Street – Mountain Avenue to Oak Street
- Oak Street – between Howes and Sherwood streets
- Sherwood Street – Mountain Avenue to Oak Street, including Oak Street intersection
- The intersections of Oak and Meldrum streets, Oak and Howes streets, and Oak and Sherwood streets
- On campus, west-bound Old Main Drive from Rembrandt to the Oval also will be closed.
- Meridian Avenue will be closed south of Plum Street and north of Lake Street for the duration of the parade, and only emergency access to Meridian Avenue from South Drive and Pitkin Street will be granted.
HOW TO AVOID STAGING AREA
To avoid the staging area, drivers are encouraged to use Mountain or Laporte streets for east-west routes and Mason or Loomis streets for north-south routes. Oak Street will remain open east of Howes for Larimer County Courthouse traffic. Streets in the staging area will open as the area clears, starting at 5:30 p.m. However, no access to Howes south of Mountain Avenue will be allowed until the parade ends.
HOW TO AVOID PARADE ROUTE
To avoid the parade route, east-west traffic is encouraged to use Prospect Road or Mountain Avenue. North-south traffic may use College Avenue or Shields Street. The parade starting location allows for three additional east-west traffic corridors – Maple Street, Laporte Avenue and Mountain Avenue – to ease traffic congestion during the parade.