June 8th, 2013 - Market Square Day and Market Square Day Road Race Street Closures.
Chief Stephen Dubois will be invoking his 'Emergency Powers" and orders that NO Parking will be permitted on the following Portsmouth streets on Saturday, June 8th, due to the Annual Market Square Day and Market Square Day Road Race.
MARKET SQUARE DAY
Market Square Day is Saturday (June 8th) and much of downtown Portsmouth will be vehicle-free and pedestrian-friendly. No parking will be allowed on several downtown streets between 4 a.m. and approximately 6 p.m. A $5 flat-rate parking fee will be collected from each vehicle entering the High-Hanover Parking Facility between 6 a.m. and 1 p.m., and a $3 rate will be collected from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. Access the garage by turning from Market Street onto Hanover. Payment upon entry to the facility is expected to reduce delays for those leaving after the Market Square Day events. Free shuttle bus service will be available from the Festival's parking overflow lot at Fox Run Mall. Event details are at www.proportsmouth.org.
MARKET SQUARE DAY CLOSURES
The following streets will be closed from 4 a.m. until approximately 6 p.m. on Saturday (June 8th) for Market Square Day: Congress Street; Pleasant Street from State Street to Market Square; Market Street from Bow Street to Market Square; Daniel Street from Chapel/Penhallow Streets to Market Square; Fleet Street; Ladd Street; Chestnut Street; Porter Street; Church Street; Penhallow Street; Ceres Street from Bow Street to Private Way; High Street from Congress Street to Ladd Street; and Hanover Street between Market Street and Maplewood Avenue except for access to the Parking Garage by turning from Market onto Hanover.
McIntyre Parking Lot to Open for the Weekend of Market Square Day
The McIntyre Parking Lot, located on Bow Street in downtown Portsmouth will be open this weekend during the City's Annual Market Square Day Festival. The lot will be open from 6 p.m. on Friday, June 7th until 2 a.m. on Sunday, June 9th. Parking spaces are limited, and available for passenger vehicles only (no trucks). Anyone with questions may contact Mark Nelson, Director for the City's Parking and Transportation Division at (603) 766-1415.
MSD RACE TRAFFIC INTERRUPTIONS
The Market Square 10K Road Race, which begins promptly at 9 a.m. on Saturday (June 8th), may cause periodic and significant traffic interruptions. Approximately 2,000 racers have registered. The race begins at the North Church, travels up Congress to Islington, to Summer to State to Bow to Market to Hanover to Maplewood to Dennett to Woodbury to Bartlett to Islington to Essex to Middle to South to Middle to Miller to South to Marcy. The full route may be found at www.proportsmouth.org/MSDRoadRace.cfm.