Heavy Traffic Expected During CIAA Tournament Uptown

Charlotte, NC
Dellert-O'Keef, Judy
jdellert-okeef@ci.charlotte.nc.us
2/22/2016

​FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – February 22, 2016

Charlotte, NC—The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) basketball tournament begins Tuesday, February 23 and runs through Saturday, February 27 at Time Warner Cable Arena. Events will also be held at the convention center. The heaviest attendance is expected on Friday and Saturday. Heavy Uptown pedestrian and motorist traffic is expected during the evenings Thursday through Saturday. 

Motorists are to be advised of the following:​

  • There are no planned street closures, but in the event of high pedestrian traffic, occasional closures of Fifth Street near the arena may occur after a game has ended.
  • During times of high pedestrian traffic, motorists may be prohibited from making turns onto side streets from College Street and Tryon Street between Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard and Sixth Street.
  • On Friday and Saturday, motorists may be prohibited from making turns onto side streets from College Street and Tryon Street between Stonewall Street and Ninth Street.
  • Motorists are encouraged to find alternate routes to avoid potential detours.
  • On-street parking will be limited on portions of Trade Street, Church Street, Tryon Street, College Street, Fifth Street and Sixth Street.
  • Pedestrians will be crossing streets and walking to the arena from parking lots, garages and the convention center. Motorists and pedestrians are cautioned to be alert at all times. CMPD officers maybe on duty at various intersections in this area Thursday through Saturday.
  • Pedestrians walking near work zone areas should be alert, cautious and allow extra traveling time. It is best to cross at signalized intersections, use pedestrian walk signals where available and abide by detour signage.
  • Motorists traveling through work zone areas should be alert and extra cautious. Drivers should move to the correct lane well in advance and constantly be on the lookout for vehicles merging into adjacent travel lanes as they approach a work zone. Drivers should double their following distance. 

Pedestrians will be crossing streets and walking to the Arena from parking lots, garages and the convention center. Motorists and pedestrians are cautioned to be alert at all times. Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officers will be on duty at every main pedestrian intersection in this area Thursday through Saturday.

Pedestrians walking near work zone areas should be alert, cautious and allow extra traveling time. It is advised they cross at signalized intersections, use pedestrian walk signals where available and abide by detour signage.

Motorists traveling through work zone areas should be alert and extra cautious. Drivers should get in the correct lane well in advance and constantly be on the lookout for vehicles merging into adjacent travel lanes as they approach a work zone. Drivers should double their following distance.

Questions?

For more information about traffic management for this event, contact Joe Yanicak, CDOT Arena Events Coordinator, at 704-336-5531 or jyanicak@charlottenc.gov.

For more information about CDOT, contact Linda Durrett, CDOT Communications and Public Relations Manager, 704-432-1373 or ldurrett@charlottenc.gov.

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