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Street closures and parking information for CSU Homecoming Weekend

Released on Wednesday, October 11, 2017
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Several roads will be temporarily closed in Fort Collins during the Colorado State University (CSU) Homecoming and Family Weekend parade on Friday, Oct. 13.

The 90-minute parade will begin at 4:30 p.m. 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 conclude on campus at the Sonny Lubick Field at CSU’s new on-campus stadium.

Alternative modes of transportation, such as riding Transfort and bicycling, are recommended throughout the day.

Parking Information:

Beginning at 6 a.m. Friday Oct. 13, streets in the staging area will be closed. Cars parked in the staging area will be towed beginning at 6 a.m. Individuals are asked to observe “No Parking” signs posted in the area.

Streets impacted by the parade staging area include:

- Northbound and Southbound Mason Street

- Howes Street - Mountain Avenue to Oak Street
- Oak Street - between Howes and Sherwood Streets
- Sherwood Street - Mountain Avenue to Oak Street, including the Oak Street intersection
- The intersections of Oak and Meldrum Streets, Oak and Howes Streets, and Oak and Sherwood Streets

- Westbound W. Mulberry Street between S. College Avenue and Mason Street

On campus, westbound Old Main Drive from Rembrandt to the Oval will also be closed.

To avoid the staging area, drivers are encouraged to use Mountain or Laporte Avenues for east-west routes and Loomis Streets for north-south routes. Oak Street will remain open east of Howes Street 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 Street south of Mountain Avenue will be allowed until the parade ends.

Beginning at noon on Friday, Oct. 13, streets intersecting with the parade route will be closed. Parking along the parade route is prohibited from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., and towing will begin at 6 a.m. Friday. “No Parking” signs will be posted Wednesday along the route.

Anyone whose vehicle is towed from the parade route or staging area should contact Fort Collins Parking Services at (970) 221-6617 to reclaim their vehicle.

The following parking closures also will go into effect on the CSU campus the morning of Friday, Oct. 13:

- West side of the Oval Drive
- Amy Van Dyken Way
- West side of Meridian between South and Pitkin
- South section of Pitkin Z lot #240 will close at 4 p.m.

Parade Route Information:

The parade route includes:

- Howes Street, south of Oak Street through Laurel Street, to the CSU Oval
- Oval Drive
- University Avenue, west of, and including, Amy Van Dyken Way to Meridian Avenue

- Meridian Avenue

East-west streets along the parade route will also close starting at noon on parade day. Traffic will be diverted from access to and across Howes. These streets include:

- W. Olive Street
- W. Magnolia Street
- W. Mulberry Street
- W. Myrtle Street
- W. Laurel Street

Howes Street will close at noon on Friday. Mulberry Street and West Laurel Street will close at 3:30 p.m.

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 allowed.

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.

For more details about the parade route and closures, visit:

All streets will open once the parade ends at 6 p.m. Friday.

Transfort Services Affected:

The City of Fort Collins bus services, Transfort and the Horn campus shuttle route, also will detour from several standard stops during the parade and parade staging. Detours will begin when barricades go up around 1 p.m.; regular routes will resume as soon as barricades are cleared at around 6 p.m.

Routes impacted by the parade:

•Route 2

•Route 6

•Route 7

•Route 10

•Route 19

•Route 32


Maps and additional details about routes impacted by the parade are available at:

CSU Closures:

Parts of the Oval lawn will be closed to pedestrian and bicycle traffic throughout the day.

The end of the parade also serves as the beginning of the community wide “Friday Night Lights,” which includes a pep rally, bonfire and fireworks starting at 6 p.m. on the west side of the Lory Student Center.

In addition to the parade, Homecoming and Family Weekend highlights include the Homecoming 5K Race beginning at Hughes Stadium at 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, and the Homecoming football game vs. Nevada at CSU’s on-campus stadium beginning at 8:15 p.m.

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