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The upcoming Labor Day weekend will be jam-packed with events and people in Knoxville.

Boomsday is Saturday. UT football's season opener is Sunday. Add those major attractions to the traffic the holiday brings Monday and Knoxville could see several hundred thousand people.

It's still a week a way yet, but with a different schedule this year, city officials are already announcing their enforcement plan.

Knoxville Police Chief David Rausch said his officers are planning to work overtime on the Labor Day holiday weekend.

"The key here is safety," he said at a press conference Friday. "We're expecting larger crowds than we've ever had."

Road closures are a component of the plan.

  • The Henley Street bridge will close on Friday at 10 p.m. and not reopen until Sunday morning
  • West bound lanes of Neyland Drive will close from Walnut to Lake Loudoun Boulevard on Friday at 7 p.m. and remain closed through Sunday morning
  • One East Bound lane of Neyland Drive will remain open until 7 a.m. Saturday
  • The Gay Street Bridge will close for the fireworks only
  • James White Parkway at Cumberland Avenue will close at 3 p.m. Saturday and remained closed until Sunday morning

KPD will be out in full force looking for speeders and drunk drivers. Last year, officers wrote about 1,576 traffic tickets on Labor Day weekend. They investigated 75 vehicle crashes.

"We see traffic crashes go down when we increase our enforcement. I want to make sure the numbers aren't lost. We wrote over 1,500 citations but we also prevented a lot of crashes," Chief Rausch said.

No major changes are planned for Sunday's UT football game against Utah State with rules are similar to last year.

Once again, no backpacks will be in the stadium and no parking will be on campus lots without a pass. KAT buses will provide rides from the Civic Coliseum parking garages for a small fee. No Parking will be allowed along Neyland Drive.

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