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Safety key for Boilermaker weekend

Sean I. Mills
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Posted 7/7/22

The Boilermaker Road Race is back in its full summer swing for the first time since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the city will be bursting with people ...

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Safety key for Boilermaker weekend

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UTICA — The Boilermaker Road Race is back in its full summer swing for the first time since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the city will be bursting with people, runners and vehicles from all over the area, country and world on Sunday.

The Utica Police Department and the Boilermaker Safety and Security Team will be out in force to make sure everyone has a good time and obeys the rules.

Likewise, multiple streets will also be closed in the city before, during and for a time, after, the race.

Road closures

The entire race course will be closed starting at 5:30 a.m. Sunday. The race starts down Culver Avenue, continues onto the Memorial Parkway, then to Champlin Avenue and Whitesboro Street, before ending on Court Street in front of F.X. Matt Brewery.

Near the start of the race, Dwight Avenue will be closed; along with Route 5S westbound at the Culver ramp; Beechgrove Place from Gilbert Street to Florence Street; and Culver Avenue from Bleecker Street north.

Burrstone Road will be closed from Sunset Avenue to Old Burrstone Road. Also closed will be Routes 5, 8 and 12 at Burrstone Road, all entrances and exits.

The finish area will be closed down starting at 2 a.m. Sunday. The entirety of Varick Street will be closed; along with Court Street from Schuyler Street to Fay Street; Columbia Street from Varick Street to Schuyler Street; Whitesboro Street from Lafayette Street to Schuyler Street; and Lafayette Street west of Varick Street.

Several intersections will remain open for cross traffic until 6:30 a.m.: Welshbush Road, Albany Street, Sherman Drive, Oneida Street and Genesee Street.

There is no designated parking near the finish line and the post-race party. Anyone looking to park their vehicle for the post-race party is encouraged to park on public roadways east of State Street, officials said.

Hospitals

If you are in need of medical care on Sunday, St. Luke’s Hospital will only be accessible via the Burrstone Road eastbound entrance. There will be no access through Champlin Avenue.

For people attempting to reach the Faxton Campus, Burrstone Road will be closed at the Sunset Avenue and Bennett Street intersections. Employees and medical staff can enter and exit using the Sunset Avenue and Lincoln Avenue entrances, but will be unable to cross Burrstone Road or turn left onto Bennett Street from Burrstone Road.

Public safety

To help enforce the road closures and keep everyone safe during the event, the Utica Police Department will be out on the streets, with assistance from the Boilermaker Safety and Security Team, the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office and some federal law enforcement agencies.

“it’s just about every hand on deck,” said Utica Police spokesperson Sgt. Michael Curley.

“It’s city-wide, as well as an area-wide, effort to make sure it goes off without a hitch.”

All weapons and fireworks are forbidden at all Boilermaker venues, officials said. People are also advised not to bring any bags, backpacks, coolers, packages or parcels of any kind.

All bags are subject to a search by law enforcement or race personnel. If you do not want your bag searched, you will be denied entry.

For runners, there is a race baggage truck to transport your bags from the starting area to the finish line.

Drones and unmanned aircraft are forbidden from operating at the Boilermaker due to federal regulations. Dogs are also banned from the post-race party and the Expo at Mohawk Valley Community College.

Sgt. Curley said anyone looking to travel through the City of Utica Sunday morning should be aware of how big an impact the Boilermaker creates — and to perhaps reconsider traveling at all.

“If you don’t have to travel, don’t. If you do, please use alternate routes,” Curley stated.

Above all, Curley said they want all attendees to follow the rules and be welcoming to all of the visitors who will be in Utica for the event.

“We ask that people be cognizant that many, many people will be in our area this weekend,” Curley said.

“Do what you can to make Utica the shining star city that it is.”

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