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Knoxville officials prepare for busy weekends ahead
Knoxville officials prepare for busy weekends ahead

Hundreds of thousands of people will flood Knoxville this weekend for the annual Boomsday and Labor Day activities.

"They're estimating somewhere around 400,000 for the entire event," said Knoxville Police Chief David Rausch.

Construction on the Henley Bridge complicates things this holiday weekend, and as crowds fill the city for the weekends to follow.

Knoxville police will be out in force this weekend directing traffic and monitoring drivers.

"We have seen very large crowds for Boomsday for the past few years, and I'm sure this will be no different," Rausch said.

Drivers can expect the following road closures:

Saturday, September 1

2:00pm - Westbound & Eastbound Neyland at Lake Loudon to Walnut

Sunday, September 2

3:00pm - Exit James White Parkway to Cumberland
3:00pm - Central at Main
4:00pm - Locust at Front (prevents traffic entering Neyland)
4:00pm - Ramp from Hall Of Fame Drive to Neyland Drive
9:00pm - Gay St. Bridge closes to pedestrians
9:00pm - Poplar at Main
9:00pm - Henley at West Hill
9:15pm - Gay St. Bridge closes to vehicles

City Side Drive and Rocky Shore Drive at City View will be closed for the event. No public viewing access will be available at the City View shore or docks. The sidewalks on Neyland should be treated the same as the Neyland Drive closing.
There will be no access to Summit Hill from State Street @ Hill Ave.

Beyond the holiday weekend, T-Dot plans to make game day travel in the coming weeks as easy as possible. Neyland Drive remains an issue though.

"There will have to be some lane shifts and temporary lane closures when work on the North side of Henley bridge is continuing," said Mark Nagi, TDOT Spokesperson.

Come kickoff, all lanes will be open.

"There will be no work done either around the North side of the bridge, so the greenway will be open and all of Neyland Drive will be open for those seven Saturdays," Nagi said.

Overall, crews are over halfway through their projected timeline. Work is scheduled to wrap up June 30, 2013.

"The project is slightly behind schedule at this time, but the department is confident that it will be delivered by that deadline," Nagi said.

A full list of Boomsday activities can be found here.

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