Cycling event will impact traffic

The USA Cycling Professional Road, Individual Time Trial (ITT) and Criterium National Championships will be held in Knoxville from June 21-24. In partnership with Visit Knoxville, the City of Oak Ridge will host the ITT National Championships on Melton Lake Drive.

On Thursday, June 21, a significant portion of Melton Lake Drive will be shut down to through traffic in order to provide a closed-loop course for the ITT.

Phase 1 shutdown at 7 a.m. A section of Melton Lake Drive will be closed from Amanda Drive to Emory Valley Road to facilitate course setup. At this time, traffic will be able to turn left from Amanda Drive onto Melton Lake Drive. Traffic will be able to turn right from Emory Valley Road onto Melton Lake Drive.

Phase 2 shutdowns at 8 a.m. Additional sections of Melton Lake Drive, along with the east end of Union Valley Road, will be shut down to complete the closed-course loop. Melton Lake Drive will be closed from Palisades Parkway to Rolling Links Boulevard. Residents may turn left from Palisades Parkway onto Melton Lake Drive. The Rivers Run Boulevard entrance onto Melton Lake Drive will be closed. All residents entering and exiting the Rivers Run neighborhood must use the Rolling Links Boulevard entrance.

Emory Valley Road will not have road closures but traffic will not be able to turn either way onto Melton Lake Drive from Emory Valley Road.

Reopening of Melton Lake Drive is anticipated by 6 p.m.