Roads to Close for Bike Race
The race began on Thursday. Bicyclists are on a tour across the state. Click on the KOMU.com Extra links to see multiple maps of where roads will close.
"I can tell you that from the crowds that were in Kansas City, we can expect a big crowd in Columbia," said Loraa Steiner of the Columbia Convention and Visitor's Bureau.
And where the crowds go, so do the cameras.
"In Georgia there were 300 plus credentialed media from all over the world. We expect the same number here covering the Tour of Missouri," said Steiner.
The impact of the race is expected to gear up the state's economy for long time. The event is a big boost for the Columbia's economy. Steiner added: "The kind of value you get from that is the positive perception of this community outside of Missouri or outside of this market. And that impacts or could impact somebody's decision to relocate a business here." With a three-year contract for the event already a done deal, this is only the beginning.
"As the awareness of the event grows within the state, the crowd grows, and the number of people who attend the event grows, and the coverage grows. The awareness of it is going to increase substantially over the next two years," said Steiner.
You can catch some of the racers coming through Columbia between 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
The Columbia Police Department released this explanation of the closures:
DETAILS OF CLOSURES:
On Friday, September 14, 2007, the professional bike race "Tour of Missouri" consisting of approximately 120 cyclists will be having the Stage Four finish in downtown Columbia.
ROLLING (TEMPORARY) CLOSURE
The route of the Tour of Missouri brings the cyclists into Columbia from Rangeline Road and New Haven. They are expected to come into Columbia anytime between 3:00 pm and 4:30 pm. The road closure depends on the speed of the cyclists and when they approach the city limits. The roads will be closed about ten minutes prior to their arrival and is expected to be closed about ten to twenty minutes until they pass. Time of closure depends on how spread out the cyclists are.
They travel west on New Haven, across the Highway 63 overpass, west on Grindstone Avenue (Route AC), right (north) on Rock Quarry, continue north on College Avenue, west on Walnut and finish at Walnut at Eighth Street. Specific closures consist of east and westbound New Haven, Highway 63 exit at Grindstone (Route AC). Westbound lanes of Grindstone, north and southbound lanes of Rock Quarry, north and southbound lanes of College Avenue from Stadium to University Avenue. Northbound lanes of College Avenue to Walnut, east and westbound lanes of Walnut from College to Sixth Street, north on Sixth to Ash, east on Ash to the hard closure at Seventh.
Event staging and the finish area will require some roads in the downtown to be closed from 8:00 am to about 5:00 pm.
Specifically, this area is on Walnut between Seventh and Ninth Street, Eighth Street from Broadway to Walnut, Ash Street from Seventh to Ninth Street, and Eighth Street from Ash to Park. The will be events and festivities in this area until the conclusion of the race. Officers from the Columbia Police Department along with numerous volunteers, Ashland Police Department, Independence Police Department and Columbia Fire Department will be posted along the route to assist with the closure. Every attempt will be made to minimize the inconvenience that may be caused by the road closures.