Thousands of people will descend on downtown Evansville this weekend, but there may not a lot of room to drive. You can expect to see plenty of closed roads around the city.
Locust Street from Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to Ninth Avenue is closed until Saturday night for the first-ever Taco Festival between Old National Events Plaza and Evansville Teachers Federal Credit Union building.
Also, Main Street from Sixth to MLK will be closed for an event with Signature School.
The Evansville half-marathon will have a chunk of the city blocked off 2 p.m. Saturday. Many roads west of Highway 41 and south of the Lloyd Expressway will be closed, along with roads around Garvin Park.
There’s also the Jason Aldean concert at Ford Center, the University of Evansville “fun run,” Central High School Music Boosters fundraiser, and New Tech Institute 5K Thunderbolt Flight.
They will all have some roads closed, and while it may be a headache, some are glad to see so much to do.
“It’s a revolution,” says Taco Festival organizer, Joe Notter, “we’re just starting to get in line with the rest of the country and I’m glad to be around that, whatever we can do to help grow Evansville and make it more of an attraction.”
Drivers will also have to deal with construction on the Twin Bridges, work around the new medical school downtown, and closed ramps at the I-64 and I-69 interchange.
“The downtown is very cute, I see a lot of building and revitalization projects around town,” Jennieke Latimore says, but “some of it’s a little annoying; they might be doing construction on one street but then there will be several surrounding streets where no work is being done.”
It is a busy weekend and police want to remind everyone to keep your eyes on the road, slow down, and be patient.
A full list of closings from Evansville Police:
Signature School will be hosting Main Street Attraction on October 13th, 2017 from 2:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Closing Main Street between 6th Street and SE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
YMCA of Southwestern Indiana will be hosting Evansville Half Marathon October 13th, 2017 2:00 p.m. to October 14th, 2017 2:00 p.m. Closing Riverside Drive from Court Street to Shawnee Drive; Shawnee Drive from Veterans Memorial Pkwy to Water Street; Water Street (turns into East Riverside Drive) from Shawnee Drive to S Kentucky Ave; S Kentucky Ave from East Riverside Drive to Taylor Ave; Taylor Ave from S Kentucky Ave to Parkside Drive; Parkside Drive from Taylor Ave to Madison Ave; Madison Ave from Parkside Drive to S Kentucky Ave; S Kentucky from Madison Ave to E Powell Ave; E Powell from S Kentucky Ave to S Bedford Ave; S Bedford Ave from E Powell Ave to Bayard Park Drive; Bayard Park Drive from S Bedford Ave to S Evans Ave; S Evans Ave from Bayard Park Drive to Bellemeade Ave; Bellemeade Ave from S Evans Ave to SE 8th Street; Mulberry Street from SE 8th Street to SE 3rd Street; SE 3rd Street from Mulberry Street to Main Street; Main Street from SE 3rd Street to Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.; MLK Jr. Blvd from Main Street to Vine Street; Vine Street from MLK Jr. Blvd to NW 10th; NW 10th from Vine to Sycamore; Sycamore from NW 10th to Heidelbach; through Garvin Park through the Greenway Passage; Southbound Lane of Riverside Drive from Ohio Street to Court Street.
Greater Evansville Media LLC will be hosting the Evansville Taco Festival October 13th, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. until October 15th, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. Closing Locust Street from Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd to 9th Ave.
Backstage Bar & Grill will be hosting The Jason Aldean Pre-Game on October 14th, 2017 from 2:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Closing Main Street between 5th & 6th Street.
University of Evansville AceCARE will be hosting the Ace Race Fun Run on October 14th, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. Route: West on Walnut from Ridgeway University Center, north on Rotherwood into Athletic Complex, exit Athletic Complex south on Rotherwood, east on Walnut to Weinbach, turn back and go West on Walnut to Ridgeway University Center and turn left into main campus, repeat this route one more time.
Central Instrumental Music Boosters will be hosting the Central H.S. Regionals Marching Band on October 14th, 2017 from 7:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. Closing Old Post Road from Berry Lane to First Ave.
New Tech Institute will be hosting NTI 5k Thunderbolt Flight on October 14th, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. Closing Career Ave from Lynch Road to Venture Drive; Venture Drive from Career Ave to Maxx Road; Maxx Road from Lynch Rd to Venture Drive.