The 40th Annual Milford Oyster Festival will be held on Saturday, Aug. 16 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and the Milford Police Department has offered the following information to help with traffic, parking and other matters regarding the festival.
Access to the Milford Center area will be restricted from the hours of 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. The streets which will be closed and/or have limited access include: North Broad Street, South Broad Street, Depot Street, New Haven Avenue (from Gulf Street to Daniel Street), Prospect Street (from Cherry Street to New Haven Avenue), River Street (from Darina Place to New Haven Avenue), Armory Lane, Factory Lane, Shipyard Lane, Center Street and High Street (from Jepson Drive to Helwig Street).
Access to the Railroad Station parking areas for railroad patrons will only be allowed from High Street. On street parking will be restricted within the festival boundaries between 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Handicapped parking will be provided at the following locations: Milford Senior Center, Harborside Middle School and Wasson Field parking lot adjacent to West Main Street.
There will be senior and handicap access shuttle transportation to and from these locations. Access to the city boat launch on Shipyard Lane will be restricted from 6 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Pets and coolers will not be allowed within the festival boundaries. Shuttle buses will pick up/drop off patrons at two locations in Milford; Jonathan Law High School and the Westfield Connecticut Post Shopping Mall. The shuttle services will operate from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. There will be free Police K9 demonstrations for the public across from the Milford Public Library during three separate times; 11:30 a.m.,1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
A mass notification message will be sent through the “Milford Alerts” system advising area residents and businesses of the parking and traffic restrictions during the festival hours. Residents and merchants not registered with the citywide notification system can register by visiting milfordpd.org and click on the “Milford Alerts” banner. For further information regarding the Oyster Festival visit their website at milfordoysterfestival.com.