KPD planning for 'larger than ever crowds' on Labor Day weekend
Mary Scott road closures eastbound lane jam packed Newsday football season
The upcoming Labor Day weekend will be jam-packed with events and people in Knoxville. 8-22-14
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00:00 -- -- -- cutting Labor Day weekend will be jam
00:02 packed with events and people -- throughout Knoxville they Newsday is
00:06 next Saturday that's August 30. UT's football season opener is Sunday
00:11 and that of course the holiday is Monday. With several 100000
00:14 people in town WB IR ten news reporter Mary Scott is
00:17 here to fill us in on just how this is going
00:19 to affect. Traffic and road closures I have to think it
00:23 could be challenging absolutely -- Knoxville police are planning to work
00:27 overtime on this Labor Day holiday weekend. It's still a week
00:30 away yet it was so many changes are already announcing their
00:33 enforcement plans. The key here is safety. We want everyone to
00:40 enjoy the weekend we're expecting larger crowds than we've ever had.
00:44 Now a couple of major road closures you're gonna need to
00:47 know about her Booth today that's next Saturday the -- street
00:50 bridge will close on Friday night and not reopen until Sunday
00:53 morning. How about a mile of mile drive will stay closed
00:57 during that same time except for one eastbound lane that will
01:01 open. On Friday night now the gay street bridge will close
01:04 for the fireworks only. And also not -- police will be
01:08 out of full force looking for speeders and impaired drivers. Last
01:12 year they read about 15100 tickets on Labor Day weekend ending
01:15 at 75 vehicle crashes. -- David -- says this is necessary
01:19 to keep people say. It but we do see crashes go
01:23 down when we increase our enforcement and now it's odd that
01:27 I wanted to make sure that the numbers are lost. You
01:30 know we we -- over 15100 citations but we also. Prevented
01:34 a lot of crashes. As for Sunday the rules are similar
01:38 to last year for UT's football game no backpacks in the
01:41 stadium. And no parking on campus without a pack and we
01:45 got a pass and of course -- Everybody's gonna need to
01:47 pack their patients is get up a lot of people in
01:50 town is to be a lot of fun yes the more
01:52 the merrier for our top right Mary thanks so much.
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.