Westport Police Lt. Eric Woods today urged fireworks spectators to arrive around 5 p.m. at Compo Beach Monday “as traffic delays are inevitable.”
A home on Bradley Street in the Compo Beach area is decked out in red, white, and blue. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
He said there will be heavy vehicular and pedestrian traffic, “affecting all roads south of Green’s Farms Road between South Compo Road and Hillspoint Road.”
“It is recommended that spectators plan to arrive early as traffic delays are inevitable,” Woods said.
“The beach should reopen to ticket holders by 5 p.m.; however, this determination will be made by Westport Parks and Recreation staff,” he added.
Woods reminded pedestrians attending the fireworks set to begin at sunset not to walk on the roads and to use sidewalks when going to and from Compo Beach.
“It is recommended that pedestrians wear bright clothing and parents please keep an eye on small children at all times,” he said.
He said that ticket holders’ access to the PAL fireworks will be through South Compo Road only. Hillspoint Road south of Green’s Farms Road will be open only to residents who live south of that intersection, he said.
Woods added that firework attendees should display their tickets prominently on the dashboard, “so that it can be seen clearly when traveling to the event.”
Vehicles without tickets will not be able to go further than the Minuteman statue, he said. Woods added that shuttle buses will run from Longshore Park to Compo Beach.
“Just prior to the conclusion of the fireworks display, two-way traffic will be suspended on Compo Beach Road and South Compo Road to the intersection of Green’s Farms Road,” he said.
There will be two lanes of northbound traffic on these streets until the beach is cleared, Woods said.
“Residents of this area will encounter delays in getting to their homes for approximately one hour or until traffic has cleared from the Compo Beach area and should plan accordingly,” said Woods.
“Residents who are planning on picking up family members in the beach area should also plan for delays,” he added.
Woods urged motorists prior to and following the fireworks to be aware of “a significant amount of vehicular and pedestrian traffic in the Compo Beach area and to be very cautious when driving these roads.”