Masters traffic changes revealed

Wednesday, March 18, 2009 12:27 PM
Last updated Friday, Jan. 15, 2010 11:47 AM
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Traffic patterns into and out of the Augusta National will change this year as several new parking lots open near Berckmans Road in time for the Masters Tournament.

In the past two years, the Augusta National Golf Club has added more than 6,000 parking spaces in the area across from the course. These new spots will replace Lot 1, which is on the grounds of the Augusta National and formerly accessible from Washington Road. That parking area will now be available only to the media, members and players and service vehicles, Richmond County Traffic Engineer Steve Cassell said at a news conference today.

“Essentially 90 percent of it is the same as last year,” Mr. Cassell said. “But there are some changes in regards to pedestrian access.”

All patrons will be funneled to a staging area near Heath Drive and Berckmans Road and will enter the course at Gate 6A. Those walking from the Washington Road area will now have to walk down Berckmans Road to the staging area to get inside, he said.

Also new this year, drivers will be able to access the parking lots via a new road near the Publix shopping center on Washington Road. Drivers traveling toward the Augusta National from Interstate 20 will have two opportunities to turn right at into the parking areas, once at the new Publix roadway and again at Stanley Drive, Mr. Cassell said. Those coming from Calhoun Expressway and downtown Augusta will make a left turn at Gate A3. Berckmans Road will remain open to traffic, but officials want to discourage its use to make the pedestrian crossing at Gate 6A move as swiftly as possible.

“At the end of the day, we have a large volume of traffic,” Mr. Cassell said. “The goal is to keep it moving.”

Crews will be reopening the Washington Road on-ramp to I-20, which has remained closed because of construction, from 2 to 9 p.m. throughout the week.

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Leah 03/18/09 - 02:12 pm
The City Traffic Engineer is

The City Traffic Engineer is hot.

FAIR TAX Now 03/18/09 - 03:13 pm
My question is will they have

My question is will they have the entrance ramp west bound I-20 fixed to where you will not have to stop before entering I-20 at the entrance ramp. And then will the exit ramp at Washington Rd. off of I-20 east bound be fixed any better than it currently is. If not I am afraid that is going to be a traffic nightmare like no one has seen.

sharpshooter 03/18/09 - 05:49 pm
The club spares no expense to

The club spares no expense to make Augusta look its very best in every way. International visitors will not have to park in Bubba's front yard anymore to pay an obsurd amount to a shirtless drunk.

corgimom 03/18/09 - 07:35 pm
Every year somebody gets

Every year somebody gets killed on Washington Rd. during the Masters. Hopefully, this will help.

humbleopinion 03/18/09 - 09:19 pm
I've lived in the area for

I've lived in the area for years and have NEVER heard of someone being killed on Washington Rd during the Masters.......Wanna give us some examples?

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