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2:06 pm
Fri December 11, 2009

Weekend Traffic

Tulsa, OK –

Those attending events at the Performing Arts Center this weekend may be affected by street closings for the PSO Parade of Lights on Saturday evening and the American Bikers Toy Run on Sunday afternoon. Patrons are advised to plan their route and arrival with possible delays in mind.

Events taking place at the PAC during the affected times are Tulsa Ballet's The Nutcracker (2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday); American Theatre Company's A Christmas Carol (7:30 p.m. on Saturday night and 2 p.m. Sunday); The Santaland Diaries (Saturday at 8:15 p.m.) These performances could draw as many as 8,000 people.

The PSO Parade of Lights on Saturday, beginning at 6 p.m, will close off numerous streets in the downtown area. The parade route progresses north from 8th Street on Cincinnati, jogs one block west to Boston at 4th Street, continues up Boston to 3rd, and then west to Denver, finishing near 8th and Denver. The PAC is located at Cincinnati between 2nd and 3rd.

Suggested routes to the PAC on Saturday evening would be to exit the Broken Arrow Expressway at Detroit Ave., or take the 7th Street exit from Hwy. 75 and then proceed immediately north from 7th. Parking immediately east of the PAC at 3rd and Cincinnati, as well as the parking garage accessed from 2nd Street will be open. However, with large crowds who will have arrived for the 6 p.m. Christmas parade, parking near the PAC will be competitive.

The Toy Run on Sunday, beginning at 1 p.m., will close off 15th Street from the Fairgrounds to the River. Cross traffic will be delayed up to two hours. There will be no way to cross 15th Street going north into downtown from Riverside Drive to almost Yale. Those attending performances should access the downtown area from the Broken Arrow Expressway, or head north on Yale past 15th Street before turning west toward downtown. Patrons can also approach downtown from Hwy. 75 west of the Arkansas River. The 71st Street bridge will be closed, but Hwy. 75 can be accessed from I-44.