Riverfest: Street Closures, Parking, & Stormy Forecast Information
The forecast is not shaping up to be kind to the annual Riverfest celebration.
The National Weather Service is predicting rain and storms for much of Sunday, though the bulk of those storms may take place before the nighttime fireworks show.
Rainfall amounts on Saturday could approach a quarter or half an inch with more rain on Sunday. Showers and a possible thunderstorm are likely before 10 a.m., the NWS reported, with a second round of storms possible between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. The high is expected to be near 82.
Rain is part of much of next week's forecast. Monday through Saturday all have chances of rain, the NWS said. High temperatures will remain in the upper 80s.
Traffic, parking, alcohol issues:
Downtown Covington north of 4th Street; Devou Park; Drees Pavilion; Kenton Hills; The Bluffs Condominiums and the Historic Licking Riverside Neighborhood (north of 4th & east of Madison).
It is advisable that you provide your expected guests with the information below describing the rules and procedures for the day of Riverfest.
- Madison Avenue will remain open to allow access to public parking lots and garages until they are full or 6:00 p.m., whichever occurs first.
- Once the parking lots and garages have reached full capacity, Madison Avenue will be closed to through traffic north of 4th Street. (Exceptions are: TANK bus servicing the transit center, invitation holders to the Metropolitan Club and hotel guests with room keys and parking passes.)
- Rivercenter Blvd. will also be closed to vehicular traffic.
- Handicapped Accommodations: Handicapped Access will be available on Madison Avenue at all times.
No Alcohol in the Impact Area after 6:00 p.m.
Covington is ALCOHOL FREE in all public places in the Impact Area. Anyone wishing to bring alcohol to a private party must have it into the restricted area before 6:00 p.m. At 6:00 p.m. the Police will begin checking all coolers and will not allow anyone with alcohol to enter - private party or not. All coolers and beverage containers are subject to inspection.
- No Glass containers
- No Bicycles, Roller Blades, or Roller Skates
- No Skateboards
- No Fireworks
- No Pets are permitted in the area
- Coolers will be checked at checkpoints
- No Motorized Vehicles are permitted on the floodwall area
- NO VENDORS are permitted in the Restricted Area
- No Swimming in rivers
- No Parking in grassy areas in Devou Park
1. All streets north of 4th street and east of Madison Ave. are closed to all vehicular traffic at 6:00 p.m.
2. The Suspension Bridge will be closed to all traffic at 6:00 pm.
3. The Clay Wade Bailey Bridge will close at 6:00 p.m.
4. Certain areas within the Impact Area will be posted as "No Parking Tow Away Zones". Vehicles parked in these areas will be towed starting at 7:00 a.m. on Sunday, August 31st, 2014. See reverse for specific street listing and map of Impact Area.
5. Devou Park, Kenton Hills and the Bluffs will have restricted traffic beginning at 4:00 PM. Access to these areas will be restricted to residents and their guests only.
6. Vehicles will not be permitted to leave the Impact Area until authorized by Safety Officials. The safe evacuation of the pedestrian traffic leaving the Riverside Drive viewing area will be their first concern. The Safety Officials will coordinate the traffic movement as soon as all pedestrians have safely cleared the area. This may be up to one hour after the fireworks have completed.
There will be no parking in the following areas:
- Riverside Drive (the entire street)
- Garrard Street in between East 2nd St. and Riverside Drive
- Kennedy St. in between East 2nd St. and Riverside Drive
- Shelby St. in between East 2nd St. and Riverside Drive
- Scott Blvd north of East 4th St. (including parking meters)
- Greenup St. north of East 4th St. (including parking meters)
- East 3rd Street east of Madison Ave. (including parking meters)
- Park Place (including parking meters)
- Court Street (including parking meters)
- Surface lots along the floodwall on Rivercenter Blvd in between Madison Ave and Johnson St.
- Below the Roebling Suspension Bridge
- Grass areas in Devou Park
Everyone is advised that when leaving the event to take the quickest route to the nearest ramp to I-471. North or south will take drivers "anywhere you need to go in the Tri-State area", according to a Newport news release.
I-471 NORTHBOUND WILL REMAIN OPEN THROUGHOUT THE EVENT. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO PARK ON I-471 OR THE BRIDGE TO VIEW THE FIREWORKS. YOU WILL BE CITED AND YOUR VEHICLE WILL BE TOWED.
COWENS DRIVE: CLOSES AT 7:30 PM
RIVERBOAT ROW: CLOSES AT 8:00 AM
COLUMBIA STREET BELOW 4th: CLOSES AT 8:00 AM
3RD STREET, WESTBOUND FROM YORK: CLOSES AT 8:00 AM
3RD ST. BETWEEN YORK AND COLUMBIA: ONE WAY EAST AT 8:00 AM
PURPLE PEOPLE BRIDGE: CLOSED TO PEDESTRIANS AT 5:00 PM
TAYLOR/SOUTHGATE BRIDGE: CLOSES TO VEHICLES 6 PM and CLOSES TO PEDESTRIANS 7:30 PM
I-471 ROUTE 8 EXIT RAMPS: (NORTH and SOUTH): CLOSES AT 7:30 PM UNLESS SAFETY DICTATES CLOSING EARLIER
MONMOUTH STREET 3RD TO 11TH: CLOSES AT 7:30 PM "NO PARKING ON MONMOUTH STREET AFTER 7:00 PM"
10TH ST. BETWEEN SARATOGA & YORK: CLOSES AT 7:30 PM
4TH STREET BRIDGE TO COVINGTON: CLOSES AT 8:30 PM
ALL TRAFFIC WILL BE DIRECTED SOUTH 011 CENTRAL AVE (Route 9) TO 12th STREET, RIGHT (WEST) ON l2th AND FOLLOW 12th TO 1-275.
• AT APPROXIMATELY 9:15PM, MONMOUTH STREET WILL REOPEN AND CHANGE TO ONE-WAY SOUTH TO SEND ALL TRAFFIC SOUTH ON US 27 TO 1-471 NORTH AND SOUTH.
• ALL TRAFFIC USING ROUTE 8 AFTER THE EVENT WILL BE SENT ONTO I-471 NORTH OR SOUTH AS WELL.
• AFTER THE EVENT THE NKU BUSES WILL STAGE AT THE RT. 8 ENTRANCE RAMP TO I-471 SOUTHBOUND FOR EVERYONE THAT ARRIVED ON THOSE BUSES.
Photo: Riverfest in 2013 as seen from the Roebling Suspension Bridge/RCN file