Championship-level infrastructure being built
The Louisville Sports Commission will be coordinating with UCI officials, as well as city public works, parks and public safety officials to coordinate the infrastructure necessary for the World Championships, including:
- Approximately 30 office trailers to serve as headquarters for international cycling teams and offices for the UCI, USA Cycling and event management groups,
- The official start-finish lines and paved straightaway portion of the course, from the Beargrass Creek bridge to near the entrance to Eva Bandman Park,
- Presentation stands for race officials, timers and official medal ceremonies,
- Post-race media interview facilities,
- Announce positions for the world television feed and the on-course announcers, and
- Ticketing areas and entrances for the 5,000-6,000 fans expected to attend.
"We are building world championship-level infrastructure at Eva Bandman Park in less than a week," Schmitt said.
For the safety of spectators, athletes and crews constructing the course and infrastructure, a traffic detour will affect a portion of River Road. From Jan. 28 through Feb 5, through traffic will not be allowed west of Edith Avenue or east of Frankfort Avenue.
Motorists will be directed to a number alternate routes. Westbound traffic into downtown can use Zorn Avenue to I-71 or Mellwood Avenue; Edith Avenue to Mellwood Avenue; Brownsboro Road and Frankfort Avenue; and I-64. Alternative routes for eastbound traffic out of downtown include River Road to Frankfort Ave, Adams St., I-71, I-64 and Market Street. Businesses on both sides of Eva Bandman Park will have local access at all times.
"Louisville is accustomed to handling big-time sporting events, as well as the traffic management that often goes along with that," Schmitt said. "We will have officers directing traffic at key locations and will make adjustments as necessary to minimize inconvenience to motorists."