Months of planning and preparations have gone into planning for the weekend of August 12, and safety measures will go into effect Friday, August 10. Crews are setting up what the city calls a "defined security area." There is already a heavy police presence downtown as law enforcement officers prepare for whatever may happen.
Authorities are creating two entry points – 1st Street and Water Street, and 2nd Street and Water Street - for pedestrians to access the security zone that encompasses the Downtown Mall and area around the parks. There will be additional exit points once inside the security zone.
Several road closures will also go into effect at 6 .m. Friday: A portion of Market Street, East Jefferson Street, and other roads near the Downtown Mall will all be closed throughout the weekend.
Drivers will not be allowed to park along much of Water Street or High Street during the weekend, as well.
Business owners, employees and people who live in the area will be able to access "restricted area roads" throughout the weekend. However, people should be prepared to confirm the address of their destination at the entry point to a police officer.
The city says changes to the safety plan and security area may be made as deemed necessary.