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Village of Lewiston works to ensure concert safety

by jmaloni
Sat, Jun 11th 2011 01:10 am

by Joshua Maloni

Village of Lewiston officials met Wednesday to discuss recent changes in municipal law. Parking is now limited on Tuesday nights so as to not obstruct private lots. Traffic will be redirected so as to better accommodate patrons exiting the "Tuesday in the Park" series at Artpark.

Patrons and onlookers can expect the following on Tuesdays:

•No parking on Fourth Street (Tuscarora-Oneida streets) after 3 p.m.

•One-way parking on most side streets.

•Two exit lanes on South Fourth Street after each concert. The left lane will direct traffic to River Road and then to Pletcher Road and the Robert Moses Parkway. The right lane will lead back to Center Street.

•A new Seneca Street exit ramp (to the parkway) for guests parking at the upper plateau.

"We're looking forward to a good season. We hope these changes will help," said Deputy Mayor Bruce Sutherland.

Signs will be posted indicating which streets and lots are affected.

Lewiston Police Chief Chris Salada said his force will be accompanied by officers from the State Police, Parks Police, Niagara County Sheriff's Office, Niagara County Auxiliary Police and Border Patrol. This will enable more crowd control.

"We're going to have some extra manpower," he said. "We're going to set the tone."

Police will be looking for excessive noise, disorderly conduct, tailgating and open containers (alcohol).

Salada (middle) and Sutherland (right) are pictured with Department of Public Works Superintendent Bryan Meigs.

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