Texarkana Police announce traffic plan for Sparks in the Park

By Nikki Henderson | nhenderson@ktalnews.tv

Published 07/02 2014 10:41AM

Updated 07/02 2014 10:58AM

The Texarkana, Arkansas Police Department is taking steps to make the “Sparks in the Park” celebration as easy and safe as possible for you and your family.

The annual “Sparks in the Park” event is taking place Friday, July 4 at the Four States Fairgrounds. 

Over 30,000 people are expected to attend the festivities.  Due to the new roadway configuration around the Four States Fairgrounds, TAPD would like to inform you of the upcoming traffic plans in order to make everyone experience as pleasant as possible.

Police officers will be working traffic on city streets and highways so please be attentive to their instructions for their safety and yours. Speed limits on Hwy 549 have been reduced. 

Vehicles may ENTER the Fairgrounds parking area the following ways:

  • From I-30: Parkway Dr. (Hwy 549) to U of A Way to Fair Park Rd. and then left into the main parking lot.

  • From the south: Arkansas Blvd to Frontage Road /Parkway Dr. (Hwy 549) north, then onto E. 50th St around to the main parking lot.

  • Traffic to be directed East on E. 46th as needed by Police. Vendors will utilize E46th to south gate. 
The Four States Fair will provide personnel to direct vehicles on where to park once they have entered the parking areas outside of the fairgrounds.

Vehicles may EXIT the parking areas and fairgrounds the following ways:

  • Main north parking lot to Fair Park Rd. then left on U of A Way to Parkway Dr. All traffic MUST turn north on Parkway Dr.

  • Main north lot to E 46th then to Parkway Dr. All exiting traffic entering Parkway Dr. (Hwy 549) MUST turn south on Parkway Dr. Then south to Arkansas Blvd. where drivers can turn east or west bound.  

  • Vehicles parked inside the fence line (late arrivers) MUST exit the west gate of the fairgrounds onto E 50th where they will be directed to Hwy 549.  E.50th will become a one way west bound street after the fireworks show.

Additionally, it is recommended for you to arrive as early as possible to ensure that you will arrive in time to see the display.  Again, you need to be attentive to officers working on the roadway directing traffic and expect delays due to excessive amounts of vehicle traffic after 8:30 p.m.

All traffic laws and parking will be strictly enforced. No one will be allowed to illegally park vehicles on city streets and roadways.  Illegally parked vehicles will be towed at the owner’s expense.

Any Vehicle parked improperly inside the park area may be blocked in by other vehicles and will not be able to exit until the end of the event. TAPD encourages everyone NOT to park in the in the park area and to use the designated parking areas only.

The Texarkana Arkansas Police Department wants to wish you a safe holiday weekend and to assure you that they will be doing their best to ensure the safety of all.

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