Downtown Providence will be busy this weekend with a major music festival, RISD commencement and the Southern New England Heart Walk. Most of the streets in central downtown will be closed to cars and bus routes will change to accommodate all the activity.
Street closures begin with a few smaller roads on Friday, and by Saturday, most of central downtown will turn pedestrian. That includes several major arteries in and around Kennedy Plaza, the state's largest public transit hub.
The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority plans to re-locate all bus stops.
"There will be signage. Also the city has lots of volunteers," said RIPTA Spokeswoman Barbara Polichetti. "And just know for that day only your bus is going to stop on Empire Street.
With 100,000 people expected to attend PVD Fest, and more pedestrians likely for the Sunday heart walk, Polichetti warned drivers to expect heavy traffic and road closures through the weekend.
"Try and have a parking plan in mind that does not center around the [Kennedy] Plaza or that area. Obviously the festival is going on Saturday, and there's going to be a lot of walkers on Sunday.I think the normal road configuration is probably not going to come into play either day," said Polichetti.
On Sunday, RIPTA will detour 22 bus routes around downtown Providence to accomodate the Southern New England Heart Walk.