Traffic delays, detours expected due to PVDFest

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Organizers expect close to 100,000 people to attend the PVDFest in Providence this weekend – and they’re asking people to plan ahead before traveling into the city.

Officials say the event is expected to bring a big boost to the state, with live music and entertainment.

During the PVDFest, parking lots become dance floors, streets become sidewalks, and driving in downtown Providence can become problematic.

“This is a great weekend to bike and walk downtown if you’re close by,” said Stephanie Fortunato, director of the Providence Department of Art, Culture and Tourism.

Fortunato said the festival will take over “unconventional spaces,” including sidewalks and streets.

“The festival will take place in the Kennedy Plaza area, so there’ll be three stages in that area and then coming up Washington Street all the way to Empire Street,” she said.

RIPTA said Tuesday it will detour all Providence bus routes on Saturday because of the festival – and officials say all road closures will begin Friday at 8 a.m.

“On Friday morning, we’ll be closing Adrian Hall Way, Union Street, Clemence Street and Beverly Street,” said Fortunato. “And then on Saturday morning, there’ll be closures throughout the Kennedy Plaza area and down Washington Street.”

Fortunato said there will be plenty of signs and uniformed officers directing drivers to detours.

“There’s plenty of parking spaces in the downtown outside of the festival footprint,” she said. “I would just say plan ahead.”

PVDFest kicks off on Thursday, June 2 and will run throughout the weekend.

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