Race, festival to impact Knoxville weekend traffic

9:48 AM, Apr 7, 2013   |    comments
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With the Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon and Rhythm & Blooms going on in Knoxville this weekend, there will be a number of road closures.

Chelsea Milligan of Knoxville said, "I figure that will probably cause a lot of frustrations."

Cpt. Gordon Catlett with the Knoxville Police Department said, "If you're going to be traveling downtown, especially on Sunday, you just need to be aware that there are going to be some lane closures."

 

Here is a full list provided by the city of Knoxville:

Friday, April 5 - Dogwood Arts Rhythm & Blooms

 

  • Union Ave between Walnut & Gay St. will be blocked from traffic from 5 pm - 10 pm
  • Market Street between Clinch & union will be blocked from traffic from 5 pm - 10 pm
  • There will be Temporary No Parking on Market Street & Union Ave from Friday at 4 pm - Saturday at 6:30 pm
Saturday, April 6 - Dogwood Arts

 

  • Union Ave between Walnut & Gay St. will be closed from 7 am to 6:30 pm
  • Market Street between Clinch & union will be closed from 7 am to 6:30 pm
  • There will be Temporary No Parking on Market Street & Union Ave from 4 pm Friday to 6:30 pm Saturday
Saturday , April 6 - Sunday April 7 - Knoxville Marathon

 

Sunday, April 7 - Dogwood Rhythm & Blooms at Botanical Gardens

 

  • Wimple Ave will have a soft closure from 11 am - 10 pm

Cpt. Catlett emphasized the importance of people not parking along Clinch Avenue early Sunday morning, saying, "We will actually start towing vehicles that are left on Clinch Avenue starting at 5:00 AM Sunday morning."

Alex Bologa of Knoxville believes the road closures and temporary no parking zones "does a disservice" to those who live in the area. He said, "I park on the street and it will make it a hard time to find a spot. It will take a lot more time."

But Knoxville resident Lauren Thomas said, "All of the detours and everything will probably get on people's nerves so everyone might be a little agitated, but maybe if they go to the festivals they'll be in a better mood."

KPD will have a sign board at the intersection of 17th and Grand Avenue pointing to the right saying "Hospital Traffic ----->" The sign board will display the words facing north so drivers heading southbound from Dale Avenue to Grand Avenue will be able to see it.

Also, TDOT will have a sign board at the intersection of 22nd and Grand Avenue directing drivers to turn left onto 22nd Street. The sign board will display the words facing east so drivers heading westbound from 17th to 22nd will be able to see it.

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