Street closures set for festival

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Hickory Street will be closed to traffic east of the Square from today through Sunday for 35 Denton.

No street closures are planned for the Texas Storytelling Festival, which is also being conducted today through Sunday two blocks away at the Denton Civic Center.

City officials released a map Wednesday that shows barricades planned for closing Hickory at Austin Street, to the west, and to the east, at Bell Avenue.

Another barricade will be erected at Industrial and Mulberry streets, closing cross traffic to Hickory from Industrial.

Local traffic will be able to access Hickory Street businesses from Russell and Oakland streets.

Officer Ryan Grelle of the Denton Police Department said festival patrons and people doing business or driving through the area should allow extra time for their travel and parking.

“Not only will you be searching for a different route, but you will be dealing with people and traffic and competing for the same parking spots that the [festival] patrons are fighting for,” Grelle said.

He also cautioned festival patrons and people doing other business in the area to be mindful of where they park.

“Make sure you aren’t parking in a tow zone or a no-parking spot,” Grelle said. “We don’t know, but it is possible that tow trucks will be out in force so that their patrons have parking places for their customers.”

Once drivers have their cars parked, Grelle had one more piece of advice for Hickory Street visitors: “Enjoy the music and have a good weekend,” he said.

PEGGY HEINKEL-WOLFE can be reached at 940-566-6881. Her e-mail address is .

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