Olustee Festival to cause road closures
The 40th annual Olustee Battle Festival is encompassing downtown Lake City Friday and Saturday, forcing road closures and blocked streets around the festival area, according to the Lake City Police Department.
North Marion Avenue/U.S. Highway 441 North is closed from East Duval Street/U.S. Highway 90 North to NE Franklin Street. These road closures will remain in effect until the conclusion of the festival and all vendors have moved from the roadway (approximately 6 p.m. Saturday).
Access will be blocked at the following streets around the festival area: North Marion Street between East Duval Street and NE Franklin Street; NE Hernando Street between East Duval Street and NE Hillsboro Street (to include Olustee Park, Courthouse and Courthouse Annex parking areas); NW Orange Street between North Marion Street and NW Columbia Avenue; Madison Street between NW Columbia Avenue and NE Hernando Avenue; Veterans Street between NW Columbia Avenue and NE Hernando Avenue; Hamilton Street between NW Columbia Ave and NE Hernando Avenue; and Hillsboro Street between NW Columbia Avenue and NE Davis Avenue.
LCPD said there is no parking roadside on North Marion between East Duval Street and NE Franklin Street Avenue. Vehicles will be towed at owner’s expense by a LCPD rotation wrecker. Any vehicle improperly parked in any of the identified closed road areas will also be towed. Vehicle owners will need to call dispatch at 386-752-4343 to locate a towed vehicle.
Beginning at 4:45 p.m. Friday, the west side of NE Lake DeSoto Circle will be closed due to the Olustee Festival Battle of the Iron Clads Skirmish. The road closure will remain in effect until the conclusion of the skirmish and the clearing of the roadway/lake of participating equipment (approximately 6 p.m. Friday). Access will be blocked at the following streets to NE Lake DeSoto Circle: NE Laguna Terrace at NE Lake DeSoto Circle; NE Vickers Terrace at East Duval Street/U.S. Highway 90; NE Justice Street at NE Lake DeSoto Circle; NE Madison Street at NE Lake DeSoto Circle; NE Veterans Street at NE Lake DeSoto Circle; and NE Hamilton Street at NE Lake DeSoto Circle. There will be no access to the southwest section of NE Lake DeSoto Circle during the skirmish to vehicular traffic.
On Saturday, beginning at 10:30 a.m., the Olustee Festival Parade will begin begin at DOT Headquarters on South Marion Avenue and proceed north on Marion, taking a left on West Duval Street/U.S. Highway 90 and ending at the Columbia County School Board parking area.
LCPD said there will be no parking roadside on Marion Avenue or on U.S. Highway 90 along the parade route between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and noon. This includes storefront spaces along South Marion Avenue in front of businesses and roadside parking in front of the school board complex.
For more information on the festival, visit www.olusteefestival.com.