(July 1, 2014) There will be a 5K race Thursday night, July 3, and Freedom Fest on Friday, July 4, will include a festival in Frisco Square and a soccer game at Toyota Stadium followed by a fireworks show. These events will require the closure of different streets in Frisco Square on July 2, 3 and 4. The end of the fireworks show will create heavy traffic loads that will require the temporary closure of some major roadways around Frisco Square and Toyota Stadium to help facilitate traffic leaving the area. The successive roadway closures are summarized in the attached maps and are described below:
Road Closures on July 2
Many of the streets around the George A. Purefoy Municipal Center will be closed starting at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, July 2, and will remain closed Thursday and Friday, July 3-4 (see map). Frisco Square Boulevard will be closed between Church Street and Frisco Street, which includes the plaza in front of City Hall and the Frisco Public Library. In addition, Library Street will be closed between Page Street and Frisco Square Blvd. Most streets approaching City Hall and the library will remain open during business hours, but visitors will not be able to enter the plaza from the east side. In addition, most surface parking spaces around the building will be closed so visitors will have to park in the free parking garage behind the building. The library’s drive-through lane will also remain open behind the building.
Road Closures on July 3
The road closures described above will be in place all day on Thursday, July 3, and additional roads will be closed at 7 p.m. to accommodate the 5K race (see 5K map). The entire plaza in front of City Hall and the Library will be closed, Library Street will be closed between Frisco Square Boulevard and Cotton Gin Road, and Cotton Gin Road will be closed between Dallas Parkway and Library Street. After 7 p.m., there will be no vehicular access to the plaza in front of the library; however, motorists will be able to access the free parking garage behind the building by approaching it on Page Street from the west. Although direct access to the library’s drive-through lane will be temporarily blocked during this time, library patrons can drive into the parking garage to park near the book drop-off.
Race participants and residents and customers of Coleman Boulevard should use Main Street and Coleman Boulevard to access the parking lots behind the Frisco Square businesses. Motorists heading to the Frisco Senior Center or Heritage Center and residents who live east of Library Street should use Main Street and John W. Elliott Drive to access their facilities.
Page Street, Library Street and Cotton Gin Road will reopen by 11 p.m. Thursday night and direct access to the drive-up library book drop-off will be restored. However, the full closure of the plaza in front of City Hall and the library will remain in place through Friday.
Road Closures on July 4
The Frisco Public Library will be closed on Friday, July 4, but the book drop drive-through lane behind the building will be accessible to residents who approach the building on Page Street.
Coleman Boulevard will be closed starting at 2 p.m. on Friday and will remain closed for the rest of the day. At that time, Frisco Square residents and customers will need to use the West and East Frisco Square Parking Lots to access the area. Each parking lot will only be accessible from one driveway on eastbound Main Street. Westbound motorists can make a u-turn at World Cup Way to access these driveways.
Frisco Street will be closed between Main Street and Technology Drive from about 9:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. due to the fireworks show. After the fireworks, northbound Frisco Street will reopen, but southbound Frisco Street will remain closed until about midnight.
Eastbound Main Street and eastbound Cotton Gin Road -- between Legacy Drive and Dallas Parkway -- will be closed at 10 p.m. in order to move traffic more efficiently out of Toyota Stadium and Frisco Square following the festival and fireworks. In addition, the southbound exit ramp from the Dallas North Tollway to Cotton Gin Road will be closed at the same time. Both roads and the exit ramp should be open again by around midnight. During this closure, traffic heading east on Main Street should use Legacy Drive to reach either Eldorado Parkway or Lebanon Road to continue eastward. Frisco Square can then be reached by using Dallas Parkway.
To minimize congestion after the fireworks, exit routes from Toyota Stadium and Frisco Square will be limited in order to reduce the points where traffic flows try to cross each other (see stadium map). Depending on where they park, Freedom Fest visitors will be directed onto eastbound or westbound Main Street or north to Eldorado Parkway when they leave the Frisco Square/Toyota Stadium area and then should follow the signs to reach the Dallas North Tollway or Preston Road. Even with these procedures in place, motorists should be prepared for the extra time it will take to exit the area since so many people will be leaving at the same time after the fireworks show.