Busy weekend in downtown Knoxville leads to temporary road closures

(WBIR) It will be a festive Saturday, as crowds of people pack into downtown Knoxville for the International Biscuit Festival and the Children's Festival of Reading, which means drivers will see temporary lane closures.

The festivals and some the Knoxville Utilities Board's utility work will close several roads in the downtown area to accommodate the crowds.

International Biscuit Festival

  • Clinch Avenue between Walnut Street and Gay Street will be closed from 3 p.m. Friday, May 16, to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 17.
  • Strong Ally between Clinch Avenue and Union Avenue will be closed from 3 p.m. Friday, May 16, to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 17.
  • Market Street between Church Avenue and Union Avenue will be closed from 6 p.m. Friday to 5 p.m. Saturday.
  • Market Street between Church Avenue and Cumberland Avenue will be closed from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.
  • Church Avenue between Walnut Street and Gay Street will be closed from 7 a.m. Saturday to 5 p.m. Saturday.
  • Anticipate temporary no-parking zones on Clinch Avenue and Market Street, beginning Friday afternoon.

Market Square Farmers' Market

  • Union Avenue between Walnut Street and Gay Street will be closed 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
  • Temporary no-parking on Union Avenue begins 5 a.m. Saturday.

Children's Festival of Reading

World's Fair Park Drive between Clinch Avenue and Grand Avenue will be closed 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

KUB Utility Work

Work will close the block of Main Street between South Gay Street and State Street on Saturday and Sunday. Motorists will be detoured from Main Street south onto Gay Street, east onto Hill Avenue and then north onto State Street to get around the utility work.


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