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Citizens Encouraged to Plan Ahead for Tour of Alberta

Tour of Alberta

August 20, 2013

Limited vehicle access in and out of downtown on September 3, 2013 from 4-9pm

The City of Edmonton is pleased to host the world-class Tour of Alberta professional bicycle race on Tuesday September 3, 2013. Citizens need to be aware that several streets in and around the downtown core will be temporarily closed to traffic in order to run a safe and effective event.

The City will be completely closing a significant number of downtown commuter routes during the afternoon of September 3, 2013 in order to stage the race safely.

“We are expecting a lot of people will want to experience the Tour of Alberta in person,” said Civic Events Director Ellen Finn. “Our advice to citizens not coming out to cheer is to simply avoid downtown between 4 and 9pm. We hope many people will come downtown or linger downtown at the end of the work day to watch the race and take part in the festival in Churchill Square. People wanting to head home should leave downtown well before road closures for the event are put into place.”

Closure of the race course will be in full effect from 5:15pm until approximately 9pm. During the event, access into and out of downtown will be best achieved on foot, bicycle or LRT as the following road closures will be in place:

  • 96 Avenue/100 Street (Rossdale), 2–8:30pm
  • 107 Street, 3:30–9pm
  • Grierson Hill, 5:15–9pm
  • River Valley Road, 5:15–9pm
  • 97 Street, 5:15–9pm
  • 100 Street, 5:15–9pm
  • 101 Street, 5:15–9pm
  • 102 Avenue/102A Avenue, 5:15–9pm
  • Walterdale Hill and Bridge, 6–8:30pm
  • 99 Street south of 102 Avenue, 5:15–9pm
  • 99 Street, 102 Avenue to City Hall Parkade closed August 31–September 4

Once the race has begun, departure from the downtown core for motorists will only be available via the Low Level Bridge, the James MacDonald Bridge, or 97 Avenue. Motorists are advised to expect major delays on all roadways from 82 Street to 112 Street, and 82 Avenue to 107 Avenue. Please allow significant additional time for motor vehicle travel in those areas.

While the Tour of Alberta road closures are in effect, bus routes that normally travel through downtown will detour from 5pm to the end of the race at approximately 9pm. LRT service in the downtown area is not affected by the race.

Emergency vehicles will have special access in and out of the downtown during the race.

The 7.3 km course starts and finishes at Sir Winston Churchill Square. Additional details on the Tour of Alberta event can be found at www.tourofalberta.ca.

For regular updates on the City of Edmonton’s participation in the Tour of Alberta and contingency plans for pedestrians, Transit customers and commuters, please visit www.edmonton.ca/TourofAlberta.

For more information:

Online Contact 311 Online
Telephone

In Edmonton: 311

Outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311

TTY 780-944-5555
Email 311@edmonton.ca