APD Police Presence and Safety Information for Downtown Festivities

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During the Route 66 Celebration being held tomorrow, the Amarillo Police Department will have about 40 officers patrolling the downtown area throughout the day and evening.

The officers will be on bicycles, motorcycles, golf carts, on foot, or in marked patrol cars.

The APD’s Command vehicle will be set up on the west side of the Potter County Sheriff’s Office, in the 600 block of S. Fillmore.

Here is some safety information if you will be attending:

  •  Be aware that there will be no vehicle traffic inside the celebration area, so some walking may be required. 
  • Be cautious when crossing streets.
  • Street closures will be from 4th on the North (3rd at Taylor to allow trucks to turn), 9th on the south (10th at Fillmore, again to allow trucks to turn), Pierce on the east and Tyler on the west side of the Celebration area.
  • 4th, 9th, Pierce, and Tyler will be open but these intersections are the points at which the streets leading into the area will be blocked off.
  • The Texas Department of Transportation will place signs at the interchange and on Taylor and is assisting in rerouting this traffic.
  • Rerouted traffic will go to Buchanan and Pierce and both of these streets will be open.
  • Alcoholic beverages can only be consumed in a bar or area licensed to sell alcohol.
  • It is a violation of a city ordinance to have an open container of alcohol outside of the licensed sale area or premise within the Celebration.
  • Remember that entering and leaving the downtown area may take some additional time since the traffic flow surrounding the event will be restricted.
  • APD officers and Amarillo Emergency Services be assisting with traffic direction.
  • Be alert for the officers and AES personnel directing traffic.

For more information on how to have a safe and happy Route 66 Celebration click here. 

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