Why Urban CNY posted a “Church Traffic Advisory” for Mountain Goat Run-Sunday

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Urban CNY issued a church traffic advisory in advance of the Mountain Goat Run in Clinton Square that took place on Sunday, May 1. Every year, congregants of churches serving the African-American community are met with road blocks and delays, as they attempt to navigate through the city in an effort to attend, regularly scheduled church services.

Annually, there are rumblings from our religious community regarding access to church on “Mountain Goat Sunday”, this year the event fell on Sunday, May 1st.

There are dozens of churches within the Traffic Advisory Zone, which means you have to allow extra time and/or change your route to avoid the annual collision between The Mountain Goat Run and Sunday church morning church attendees.

Pay special attention to the Critical Pathway to Church section, these roads are intermittently closed to traffic, possibly delaying arrival to your place of worship.Mountain Goat

The aforementioned is why this, Mountain Goat vs. African American Church is being presented, due to the disruption to church services.

It’s time for church leaders in the African-American Community to meet with Mountain Goat Race and city of Syracuse officials to address this problem. There are suggestions that the departure time could be adjusted, another option is to move the Mountain Goat Race to a Saturday, which would avoid the collision between church attendee’s and race participants. It’s time to take action!

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To further illustrate the issue review the following streets that were closed to vehicular traffic according to the schedule listed below:




Sunday, May 1

  • Clinton Street, from West Genesee Street to Washington — from 7:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Erie Blvd. West from Clinton to Franklin Street – from 7:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • 200 block of West Water Street will become two-way
  • South Salina Street from West Genesee to Fayette Streets – from 5:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • East Water, Erie Blvd. East, and East Genesee Streets, from Salina to Warren Streets – from 5:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The following streets will be closed intermittently from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, May 1

  • Salina Streets, from Fayette to Harrison Streets
  • Washington Street, from Clinton to Warren Streets
  • Erie Boulevard West, from Clinton to Franklin Streets
  • Jefferson Street, from Clinton to State Streets
  • Fayette Street, from Franklin to Warren Streets
  • Warren Street, from Onondaga to Jefferson Streets
  • Onondaga Street, from Salina to Adams/Seymour Streets

Local traffic will be permitted on West Fayette Street and Walton Street, from Franklin to Clinton Streets.

listed below are  Critical Pathway to Church Street closures:

The critical pathway to church traffic disruptions will impact most churches serving the African-American Community from downtown Syracuse along the S. Salina Street corridor, Colvin Street, etc. The following streets will be closed during the timeframe listed:

  • East Adams Street, from Onondaga to Townsend Streets — from 9:45 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
  • Townsend Street, Adams to Genesee Streets — from 10:15 to 10:30 a.m.
  • The corridor including Genesee Street to Onondaga Street to Jefferson to Salina Streets — 10:20 to 10:45 a.m.
  • West Onondaga Street, from Salina Street to Bellevue Avenue; Summit Avenue, from Bellevue to Stolp, and Stolp Avenue, from Summit to Rider Avenue — from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m.
  • Rider Avenue, from Stolp to Argonne; Hancock Drive from Argonne to Arden; and Strathmore Drive, from Arden to Onondaga Park — from 10 to 11 a.m.
  • Roadways through Upper and Lower Onondaga Parks — from 10 to 11 a.m.
  • Intermittent delays on Onondaga Avenue, from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m.; South Avenue, from Onondaga Park Drive to Kirk Avenue; Kirk Avenue, from South Avenue and Landon Avenue; Landon Avenue, from Kirk Avenue to Beard Avenue; Beard Avenue, from Landon to South Salina Street; South Salina Street; and South Salina Street, from Beard Avenue to East Colvin Street — from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m.
  • East Colvin Street, between South Salina Street and Comstock Avenue, will be restricted flow.
  • Route 81 On-Ramp at East Colvin Street — 10:20 to 11:40 a.m. Vehicles can access Route 81 at Calthrop Avenue or Adams Street.
  • Comstock Avenue, from East Colvin Street to University Place and then University Place from Comstock Avenue into Thornden Park entrance — 10:15 a.m. to 12 noon
  • Roadways through Thornden Park will be closed between 10:20 a.m. and noon.

The following streets will be closed from 10:20 a.m. to 12 noon

  • Madison Street, from the entrance at Thornden Park through Crouse Avenue
  • South Crouse Avenue, from Madison to East Genesee Streets
  • East Genesee Street, from Crouse Avenue through South State Street/Jefferson Street
  • Jefferson Street, from South State Street through South Salina Street
  • South Salina Street, from Harrison Street to Clinton Square

Vehicle traffic will not be allowed access through the race route during the above times listed.

No parking will be allowed on South Salina Street, from Water Street to Jefferson Street. All times are approximate.