Winters Police Chief John P. Miller provided the Express with details for the July 3 fireworks show traffic plan and officer coverage over the Fourth of July weekend.
Miller said the primary goal of the July 3 traffic control plan is to safely move traffic eastbound to I-505 from the core of the city, much like the “mass evacuation plan” implement for the Tractor Parade.
Traffic control will be established at intersections only on Grant Avenue east of Railroad Avenue to facilitate movement of traffic.
Traffic control lights locarted along Grant Avenue at Railroad Avenue, PG&E Way and Matsumoto Lane will be set to blinking red approximately 5-10 minutes before the end of show with manual traffic control established by officers.
All southbound traffic from streets north of Grant Avenue and east of Railroad Avenue (Dutton and Walnut) will be directed westbound on Grant Avenue to prevent interference with eastbound flow of traffic.
Traffic in the roundabout will be eastbound and westbound on Grant Avenue. No traffic will be allowed northbound from Yolo Credit Union/Winters Healthcare into the roundabout.
On Friday, July 2 there will be “upstaffing” with additional officers on duty.
Friday, July 3 is an “all hands” event and there will also be additional officers on July 4.
Miller recommends drinking responsibly and using designated drivers.
July 3 Event Parking
The City of Winters has arranged three parking lots for the July 3 Fireworks Show.
The Pacific Gas & Electric parking lot at 1 PG&E Way has been reserved for event parking.
However, those who park there will need to plan arrangements to get to the football field.
Event parking will also be available at the Winters Community Library and Winters High School Student Parking lots on Railroad Avenue.
The Mariani Nut parking lots on Railroad Avenue are reserved as paid parking opportunities for $10 a vehicle.