Get ready, sports fans! (And non-sports fans.) The UCI Road World Championships start tomorrow. The event will go on for nine days and includes 12 races with courses all over Richmond and the surrounding area. Whether you want to go to the races or avoid them entirely, you’ll need to pay attention to new traffic patterns and road closures. Check out our Road World Championships traffic guide to get a head start!
All races end and most begin at the Greater Richmond Convention Center. East Broad Street between North 3rd and North 7th Streets has already closed and will remain closed through September 30th.
There are some other long-term closures worth noting as well. I-95 Exit 74 C towards West Broad Street will be closed to both northbound and southbound traffic for the duration of the event.
There will be no parking on Monument Avenue and Franklin Street from Davis Avenue to Belvidere Street from September 17 through September 29. This area will be closed during almost all races, but will be open to traffic before and after race times. There will also be no parking on Broad Street from Belvidere to North 20th Street for these dates.
Most of the race courses range around downtown and the Fan, but some stretch out into the suburbs. The Men’s Elite Time Trial on Wednesday, September 23 extends the furthest from downtown. Its starting point is at Kings Dominion in Doswell. Incidentally, the park will have a special fall weekday opening for race fans, which will be free to the public.
In addition to the long-term closures there will be daily closures for individual races. These closures will begin one hour prior to the race start time and end one hour after the end of the event. Do note that there are some training events in addition to the official races, and road closures will be in effect for these events as well.
For comprehensive details and interactive maps of all road closures and traffic changes, visit navigate.richmond2015.com.
Keep in mind that an anticipated 400,000 spectators will be visiting Richmond for the Worlds. Even if you avoid race areas, traffic may be heavier than normal. Plan your routes carefully and allow extra time. Changes in traffic patterns, closed roads, and heavy traffic can cause confusion and possible erratic driving. Make sure to keep alert and drive carefully, especially if you plan to go downtown or to another race area. And of course, keep an eye out for cyclists!
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