KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — A world-class cycling event—the USA Cycling Professional Road National Championships is returning to Knoxville this weekend.
Throughout the race weekend, volunteers and Knoxville Police Department officers will be on hand at several crosswalks to assist pedestrians.
Due to this event, several roads will be closed at various times during the weekend.
Gay Street between Church Avenue and Cumberland Avenue will close to traffic at 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 23 and remain closed until 9 p.m. on Sunday.
In Oak Ridge, Melton Lake Drive from Amanda Drive to Emory Valley Road will be closed on Thursday, June 23 until 5 p.m.
On Friday, June 24, from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., the ramp onto James White Parkway will be inaccessible. This will affect traffic on parts of S. Gay Street, West Hill Avenue and Women's Basketball Hall of Fame Drive. Any vehicles parked inside the circle course in private lots—including the Dwight Kessel Garage and the surface lot across from First Presbyterian Church—will be unable to exit until the race is over.
On Sunday, June 26, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., S. Gay Street, Council Place, Atchley Street, Mimosa Avenue, Sherrod Road, Davenport Road, Wynn Avenue, Cottrell Street, Anita Drive, James White Parkway, Historic Preservation Drive, Women's Basketball Hall of Fame Drive, Church Avenue, State Street and Clinch Avenue will all be closed. However, at pedestrians will be able to cross at designated crosswalks with the help of KPD officers.