June 15, 2018
The City of Oak Ridge and the Oak Ridge Police Department are issuing a notice for drivers regarding a planned closure of a large portion of Melton Lake Drive on Thursday, June 21, 2018. The closure is necessary to provide a safe, closed-loop course for athletes, volunteers and spectators at the USA Cycling Individual Time Trial National Championship being held in Oak Ridge.
The first phase of the road closure begins at 7 a.m. on June 21 as crews begin set-up of the course. A section of Melton Lake Drive will be shut down from Amanda Drive to Emory Valley Road. At this time, drivers will be able to turn left from Amanda Dr. onto Melton Lake Dr. as well as turn right from Emory Valley Rd. onto Melton Lake Dr.
Phase two is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. when additional sections of Melton Lake Dr., along with the eastern portion of Union Valley Road, will be shut down to complete the course. At this point, Melton Lake Dr. will be closed from Palisades Parkway to Rolling Links Boulevard.
After phase two is complete, residents living in the area who need to travel in or out of their neighborhoods will still be able to turn left from Palisades Pkwy. onto Melton Lake Dr. The Rivers Run Boulevard entrance to Melton Lake Dr. will be closed. All residents entering or exiting Rivers Run must use Rolling Links Blvd. Area residents were notified of the closures in advance via mail.
No closures are planned along Emory Valley Rd. during the event, but traffic will not be allowed to turn onto Melton Lake Dr. from either direction on Emory Valley Rd. Melton Lake Dr. is expected to reopen to traffic by 6 p.m. on June 21.Spectator parking will be available at the Roane State Community College campus on Briarcliff Avenue. Signs will be posted to direct drivers to the designated parking area. Spectators will be shuttled to a safe area near the course and will walk a short distance to the venue.For additional information, including course maps and a full schedule of events, visit the USA Cycling National Championships website.