Construction Making Festival Travel Tough

Friday, May 16th 2008, 6:11 pm
By: News On 6

Thousands of people are flocking to downtown Tulsa for weekend festivals, but there are a few roadblocks on the way.

News On 6 anchor Latoya Silmon the party is in full swing, but some people say getting there was anything but fun.

Live music, guilty pleasures, plus arts and crafts, Mayfest and the Blue Dome Festival have it all.

"Yeah we're excited. We're going to see if they have any new stuff to do around here," said Roger Hardbarger.

More than 350,000 people will join him downtown; some of them will be first timers like the Water's family.

"Beautiful day. I was going to go to town today and do some shopping, and then at the last minute he's off so I said let's just go to Mayfest and he was up for it," said Terry Waters.

But they weren't up for what it'd take to get there. Several streets around the festivals are under construction, that coupled with the crowd and some drivers who are in unfamiliar territory can be a headache.

"We were looking forward to it, but when we came in we had to make about four detours," said Bob Waters.

"I was very surprised that there was so much construction.  I knew there was, but it was torn up more than I expected," said John Lynch.

While there are roadblocks on along the way, some say the trip is worth it.

"I like the food.  I like the food myself," said Hardbarger.

"There's nothing better than creating more art downtown and more people coming downtown so it's sort of a win-win situation," said Blue Dome Festival organizer Virginia Harrison.

For $2 roundtrip you can catch a shuttle at OSU-Tulsa, Lot D. Organizers say it's the easiest way to get around.

The shuttle runs on Friday until 11:30 p.m., Saturday from 10:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m. and Sunday from 10:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.