Nacogdoches drivers watch out for barricades this weekend

NACOGDOCHES, TX (News Release) - The City of Nacogdoches recognizes that special events serve an important role in Nacogdoches, including building a sense of community, expressing the city's cultural and historic diversity, as well as entertaining and educating. Each year the City of Nacogdoches commits available resources through staff time, facilities and equipment to provide support to these events. As the number and size of events grow, it becomes increasingly more necessary for citizens to cooperate with the special event process for their safety and the safety of others.

The City of Nacogdoches often places barricades to close certain thoroughfares during an event or even during an emergency, such as a flood.  A street barricade is any object or structure that creates a barrier or obstacle to control, block passage or force the flow of traffic in the desired direction.

Barricades are never intended to be moved except by police officers or special event personnel.

Barricades are used during events to prevent traffic from driving through an event area to ensure the safety of attendees, vendors, and spectators. Often time's barricades are used to protect citizens not at the event who could be hurt from potential firework fall out, rushing water or other activities that cannot necessarily be seen from an intersection.

Please under no circumstance move a barricade or drive around a closed gate.  Moving of barricades IS a violation of state traffic law and you can receive a citation. Alternative routes are always available.

The 2010 Freedom Fest is scheduled for July 4 from 5 to 9:30 p.m. S. Pecan and S. Fredonia will be closed to allow for the family friendly firework celebration.

***Information provided by the City of Nacogdoches