August 30, 2006 - Knoxville Mayor Bill
Haslam and Police Chief Sterling Owen announced traffic enforcement
plans for the Labor Day holiday weekend. The special traffic enforcement
effort will begin at 4:00 p.m. Friday, September 1, 2006 and conclude
at Midnight, Monday, September 4, 2006.
The Labor Day holiday weekend is typically one of the busiest holiday
weekends of the year. Along with the normal increase of motorists
traveling through our city we will have more than two-hundred thousand
people who will make their way to the downtown area for either the
University of Tennessee home football game or for Boomsday. The
number of visitors is expected to increase this year now that Boomsday
festivities will take place over a three-day period.
Chief Owen said, "One of the biggest challenges for the department
will be to facilitate traffic flow in and out of the UT area for
football traffic as well as the downtown area for the Boomsday fireworks
show. Several road closures will take place over the course of the
weekend that residents and visitors need to be aware of before making
the trip downtown."
- Northbound lanes of the Henley Street Bridge will close at approximately
8:00 p.m. on Saturday
- Southbound lanes of the Henley Street Bridge will close at approximately
- All lanes of the Henley Street Bridge will reopen by 6:00 a.m.
- Neyland Drive from Walnut to Lake Loudoun Boulevard will close
at 4:00 a.m. Sunday and will remain closed until 6:00 a.m. Monday
- The Neyland drive closure will be moved back to the James White
Parkway at 3:00 p.m. Sunday and will remain closed until 6:00 a.m.
- The Gay Street Bridge will close to all vehicular and pedestrian
traffic sometime between 9:00 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. The bridge will
reopen immediately following the fireworks show
With the exception of the Summit Hill Bridge closure, UT football
traffic routes will remain unchanged from last year despite ongoing
construction of the new downtown road project. Parking on the UT
campus will remain off limits except to individuals with parking
passes. KAT busses will provide rides from the Civic Coliseum parking
garages for a small fee. No parking will be allowed along Neyland
Chief Owen said, "Special security measures will be in place
around Neyland stadium to help ensure the safety of the fans. Officers
will also be equipped with hand-held metal detectors at all gates."
Directed Patrols, Saturation Patrols, and SMART Units will be utilized
to reduce the speed of motorists traveling throughout the city.
Officers will aggressively enforce posted speed limits while looking
for motorists who are driving recklessly or who are driving while
"Driving with a blood alcohol level of 0.08 and above is illegal
in every state," said Kendell Poole, Director of the Governor's
Highway Safety Office. "The message is simple * Booze It and
Lose It. With checkpoints, roving patrols, undercover officers and
concerned citizens, chances are if you drive impaired this holiday,
you will be caught," said Director Poole.
During the 2005 Labor Day holiday traffic enforcement effort officers
issued 796 traffic related citations. Officers also investigated
85 vehicle crashes with 15 of those resulting in personal injuries.
One fatality was recorded during the 2005 Labor Day weekend.
Mayor Haslam said, "We encourage all citizens to exercise patience
while maneuvering along the streets in vehicles and on foot."
"We also ask that motorists be watchful for our officers directing
traffic especially after dark when visibilities are reduced,"
Mayor Haslam concluded.