Heavy Pedestrian and Vehicle Traffic Expected During CIAA

Motorists and pedestrians are cautioned to be alert at all times.
CDOT Media Line

​​​​​​​​​​Charlotte, NC—The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) basketball tournament begins Thursday, February 23 and runs through Saturday, February 25 at the Spectrum Center. Events will also be held at the convention center. Heavy Uptown pedestrian and motorist traffic is expected.

Motorists are advised of the following:

  • 150 school buses will be transporting young students and parking around the uptown area during Education Day on Wednesday, 2/22/17.  Children will be walking from and to buses and various venues, and traffic will be very heavy.
  • There are no planned street closures, but sporadic closures of 5th Street near the Arena may occur after key games end.
  • When pedestrian traffic is high, motorist turns onto side streets from College Street and Tryon Street may be prohibited, specifically on both College Street and Tryon Street between Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and 6th streets.
  • On Friday and Saturday, motorist turns from College Street and Tryon Street between Stonewall and 9th streets may be prohibited.
  • Motorists are encouraged to find alternate routes.
  • On-street parking will be limited on portions of Trade Street, Church Street, Tryon Street, College Street, 5th Street and 6th Street.
  • Motorists wishing to park are encouraged to access lots by using the side street where the lot or deck is located.

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

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.


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



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