BATAVIA – As Batavia prepares for its 4th of July Sky Concert fireworks show and accompanying festivities, the city's police department has issued a traffic advisory.
Observation areas will be at Engstrom Park on Main Street at Millview Drive, and the Batavia High School athletic practice fields between Main and West Wilson streets.
After the fireworks, motorists on the west side of Batavia will experience significant traffic delays, according to a news release. Prior to the event, Main Street will be closed to all vehicular traffic between Feece Drive and Pitz Lane after the public parking lot at the high school and the lot at Batavia Covenant Church for people with disabilities are full. At that time, all traffic will be detoured to Wilson Street.
Roadways that will see the most impact are Randall Road from Main Street to Fabyan Parkway, West Wilson Street and Main Street by the high school and Route 31 through the downtown area. All the routes will have various barricades and detours posted to assist motorists, according to the release.
The delays along South Batavia Avenue (Route 31) may be longer than usual because of water main and storm sewer construction causing closures on Morton and Blaine streets.
The police remind people that alcoholic beverages, sparklers, fireworks and dogs are prohibited from all observation areas.
The event will open with food vendors and then live bands when grounds open at 5 p.m. on Millview Drive near Main Street. The fireworks show is scheduled from 9:30 to 10 p.m., the release stated.
Police estimate a crowd of 10,000 to 15,000, according to Capt. Mark Davis, who manages Batavia's Emergency Services and Disaster Agency and chairs the fireworks committee.