For months the Crawford Pioneer Days committee has been meeting with the Town of Crawford and the Colorado Department of Transportation to come up with a plan to reduce traffic congestion and keep everyone flowing in and around Saturday's activities.
The challenge is to hold a parade and outhouse races on Crawford main street, which is also Highway 92, while keeping highway traffic flowing around on the Cedar Avenue detour.
Event coordinator Tristan Pfeffer explains that while the staging and registration for the parade is the same as in past years, significant changes have been made in the streets around Town Hall and the park. As shown on the map below, several streets will become one-way for Saturday. This will facilitate parking on both sides of the street.
"Crawford's streets are narrow, and when folks are parked on both sides there really is only one lane," said Pfeffer. In the past, traffic often came to a standstill when folks tried to drive either direction on narrow streets crowded with parked cars.
Another change is the no parking zones, especially along Cedar Avenue This is the detour route for Highway 92 traffic, and must be kept clear of parking and parade participants.
In addition to street parking, event organizers have received permission from private property owners for some additional parking.
Pfeffer noted there will be a full crew of volunteers to help direct people and answer questions. "We will have 16 volunteers posted at key locations along the roads to keep things flowing," she said.
A word of caution, there will also be a tow truck on standby to remove any vehicles not adhereing to the new traffic and parking plan, or creating a blockage.