DATE/TIME: Wednesday, April 14th, 2004 / 05:05 PM

There will be extensive traffic restrictions and heavy congestion in the area of St. John the Evangelist Church, 806 Union Street, on Thursday, April 15th and Friday, April 16th due to services for deceased Police Officer Eric Verteramo.

The following parking restrictions are in effect:

* No Parking on Lafayette Street between Liberty and Union from 8 a.m. Thursday until 6 p.m. Friday

* No Parking on the following streets on Friday from 8 a.m.–2 p.m.

* Union Street from Lafayette to Jackson * Liberty Street from Lafayette to Nott Terrace * Union Avenue from Union Street to Gillespie * Eastern Avenue from Nott Terrace to Landon Terrace

Any vehicles in violation of these restrictions will be ticketed and towed!

The following street closings are in effect:

* Thursday from 1:30–11 p.m.

* Union Street from Nott Terrace to Union Avenue. [Southbound traffic on Union Avenue will be detoured onto Union Street eastbound, and westbound traffic on Union Street will be detoured onto Union Avenue]

* Friday from 8 a.m.–3 p.m.:

* Union Street from Jackson to Seward Place * Union Street from Seward to Lafayette closed to eastbound traffic * Nott Terrace from Eastern to Union Street * Union Avenue from Union Street to Gillespie * Liberty from Lafayette to Nott Terrace

The following traffic advisories are in effect:

* There will be heavy congestion on all streets surrounding St. John’s on both Thursday and Friday. Motorists not attending the services should avoid the area. The best routes of travel through Schenectady those days are I-890 and Nott Street if traveling east or west, and Brandywine Avenue and Erie Boulevard if traveling north or south.

* On Thursday at about 1:30 p.m. and Friday at about 10:30 a.m., members of the Police and Fire Departments will march from the rear of Police Headquarters to St. John Evangelist Church via Lafayette to Union Street to the church. This march will take several minutes, and traffic on streets intersecting the route will be stopped until the procession reaches the church.
* At the conclusion of the funeral mass (approximately 12:30 p.m.), there will be a vehicle procession from St. John’s to St. Cyril’s Cemetery, Duanesburg Road, Rotterdam. The procession route will be Nott Terrace to Veeder Avenue to Millard Street to Broadway to Duanesburg Road. The procession is expected to be extremely long. This will cause lengthy delays on all streets intersecting the procession route as all traffic will be stopped from entering the route until the procession has passed.

* After the services on Friday (approximately 2:00 p.m.), there will be a reception at the IUE Hall on Erie Boulevard that hundreds of people will likely attend. Traffic and parking congestion in that area will be very heavy, and motorists should expect delays and avoid the area if possible.

The Traffic Division office @ 837 Albany Street will be closed on Friday.