Fantasy Fest Starts Tomorrow: Traffic Updates


Key West’s biggest party week is nearly here, kicking off with the Goombay Festival Friday and Saturday. This family-oriented event features great food and entertainment. All day Friday afternoon until midnight on Saturday, Petronia and Fort Streets will be closed to traffic. There will be no bus service west of Simonton Street. Instead, riders will need to use the bus stops on Simonton.

The Zombie Bike Ride will affect traffic from East Martello Tower on South Roosevelt Blvd to downtown on Sunday evening. Although the ride has just a rolling street closure which follows the riders, motorists can expect some serious delays because thousands of cyclists will be participating.

The ride leaves East Martello at 6 p.m. and heads to lower Duval Street. Key West International Airport will be accessible from the east end of South Roosevelt during this time. There will be no bus service west of Simonton on Sunday evening, due to the Zombie Ride.

Bus service to the other end of the island will also be altered for the ride. Buses will travel on Flagler instead of Bertha and South Roosevelt after 6 p.m. There will be bus service to the Ocean Walk Complex, however there will be no airport or Smather’s Beach service. Normal bus service in these areas will resume once the Zombie Ride has finished.

Goombay Festival and the Zombie Bike Ride kick off a week full of events, many of which will impact the streets. The Key West Police Department is encouraging residents and visitors to walk, use a bike, or ride the bus when possible.

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