Cycling events will affect Augusta traffic

Friday, June 15, 2012 1:18 PM
Last updated Tuesday, June 19, 2012 3:04 PM
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Traffic will be affected when the USA Cycling National Championships come to Augusta.

According to an Augusta Sports Council release, the following areas will be affected during the event.

WEDNESDAY: The day’s races will be at Fort Gordon, with race traffic entering through Gate 1. Traffic will be heaviest between
6 and 10 a.m.

THURSDAY: The Time Trial Championships will be at J. Strom Thurmond Dam.

• U.S. Route 221 (Clarks Hill Road) will be closed from S.C. Highway 28 to Washington Road from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

• Drivers wanting to use U.S. 221 from Pollards Corner to McCormick, S.C., will be detoured along State Route 47 to Lincolnton.

• State Route 150 from Washington Road to Ray Owens Road will be closed from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., with traffic detoured along Ray Owens Road.

• The intersection at Pollards Corner (Washington Road and U.S. 221) will be closed from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Traffic will be detoured via U.S. 221, Yelton Road, Ray Owens Road and Washington Road. U.S. 221 will reopen about 6 p.m.

• Clarks Hill Park in McCormick County, S.C., and West Dam and Lake Springs in Columbia County will be closed.

FRIDAY: The National Criterium Champ­ionships will be in downtown Augusta.

• The eastbound lane of Broad Street from Eighth to 10th streets and the westbound lane of Greene Street from Eighth to 11th streets will be closed to all traffic from 5 a.m. until 10 p.m.

• Eighth, Ninth and 10th streets from Greene Street to Broad Street will be closed, as will 11th Street from Greene Street to Ellis Street.

• Ellis Street will be open to traffic. Drivers wanting to get to Broad or Greene streets from Ellis can do so at the intersection of Eighth and Ellis under the direction of deputies.

No parking will be allowed on the following streets after 5 a.m. Friday:

• Broad Street eastbound lanes from Eighth to 10th streets

• Greene Street westbound lanes from Eighth to 11th streets

• Ellis Street from Eighth to 11th streets

• Eighth, Ninth, 10th and 11th streets from Broad Street to Greene Street

JUNE 23 AND 24: Comp­etition will be held at Major Matthew P. Burke, M.D., Championship Course on Range Road. Race traffic will enter Fort Gordon at Gate 1.

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KSL
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KSL 06/15/12 - 01:29 pm
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Sounds like a whole lot of

Sounds like a whole lot of inconvenience.

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countyman 06/15/12 - 01:33 pm
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I bet the restaurants,

I bet the restaurants, hotels, gas stations, retail stores, and especially downtown businesses won't mind the inconvenience...

Millions of dollars will be pumped in the local economy, and thousands of people will flock here...

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Fiat_Lux 06/15/12 - 01:40 pm
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This will be a week-long commute

For some people. I can't help but wonder what the downtown business owners think of having the traffic virtually blocked off from a big chunk of the business area.

We shall see, C-man. I'm not as optimistic about the turn-out as you are.

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countyman 06/15/12 - 02:26 pm
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I'm sure the majority of

I'm sure the majority of downtown business owners have become used to the events... The Westobou, Arts in the Heart, First Friday, Ironman, etc block off the area too..

After/before the race people have to eat, sleep, shop, etc somewhere in Augusta.... You can easily walk from the Marriott hotel & suites to the numerous amenities on Broad street...

I think people are forgetting over a thousand cyclist may compete, but they tend to bring family members, friends, boyfriends/girlfriends, etc...

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Riverrunner30909 06/15/12 - 04:18 pm
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Bike Race.
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Why do people want the best for this city, such as events like this and then get bemoaned by people like KSL "Sounds like a whole lot of inconvenience." Pure Ignorance, accept that money is coming in and helping the city that you live in, be glad and rejoice in it.

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TrulyWorried 06/15/12 - 04:39 pm
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blocking traffic

I only hope there won't be some eager beavers like the last time. My son encountered such "gentlemen" who forbade him to leave his driveway for a doctor's appointment even though it turned out to be a very long wait and the cyclists were not anywhere near his driveway. I guess they got carried away with their enthusiasm. Lets hope they will do better this year. I can believe traffic control but keep it at a reasonable time frame.

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dichotomy 06/15/12 - 07:31 pm
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I do not think it's right to

I do not think it's right to block people from using public roads to get to their homes and businesses for the benefit of a private event. This isn't like blocking off a couple of blocks of Broad St. for a 45 minute parade. If I lived in the affected area around Pollard's Corner, especially if I lived off of 221 with no other way to get in and out, I'd be angry.

KSL
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KSL 06/19/12 - 09:01 pm
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A revived thread raised from

A revived thread raised from dead, first on the list of top headlines, but check the times of the posts. Only my last one is from now after seeing this at the top of the list. I am just for media honesty.

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mosovich 06/19/12 - 09:50 pm
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Whine, Whine, Whine..

Give me a break folks, you complain that nothing comes to Augusta and when there are big events that do come to town that bring in huge amounts of tax revenue and a little culture all you do is whine, whine and whine some more.. Why not get off your sofa and come enjoy this opportunity to see future olympic athletes compete in our city.. This is a once in a life time opportunity and you'd rather complain than go out and try to enjoy the events with your family and maybe experience something unique.. Don't worry though, it won't be back, of course I'm sure you're tickled pink about that!!!

KSL
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KSL 06/19/12 - 10:42 pm
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Mosovich, a day late and a

Mosovich, a day late and a dollar short comes to mind. No one supports cultural events or athletic events more than I do. But give me a break. A national bike race is not a cultural event. It is an athletic event.

KSL
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KSL 06/20/12 - 12:15 am
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How come you didn't mention

How come you didn't mention the real cultural event being held in Augusta on Sat?

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