Cycling events will affect Augusta traffic

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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