RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) --Richmond is gearing up to host the UCI Road World Championship next year. There are less than 500 days until those races, which will be Sept. 19-27, 2015.
An official test event will take place early next month, with the 2014 CapTech USA Cycling Collegiate Nationals.
Although that event is much smaller in scope. Thursday, race organizers released the traffic information you need to know whether you'll be watching the event, or just need to navigate around it.
Basically it’s going to take over the entire downtown RVA area.
Over 400 participants from 100 universities are expected at the event. The Saturday races will be for 300 plus non-collegiate students.
Participants will be here from May 2 to May 4.
Friday, a workday, will be the most challenging day logistically, organizers said.
The traffic mitigation plan includes a focus on safety, efficiency, predictability, and emergency response. Officers will be directing traffic.
Street closures and towing for each affected area will begin around 2 a.m. the morning before the race.
The Sunday course is the same for the 2015 races and traffic detours will be in place from 7 a.m. through early evening hours.
That weekend, expect traffic for other big events, such as the Wicked production and popular Que Pasa festival.
Expect disruption throughout the city.
ROAD CLOSURES FRIDAY, May 2:
-Belvidere Street/Ft. Robert E. Lee Bridge/Cowardin Avenue between W. Broad Street and Stonewall Avenue/Riverview Parkway
-W. Main Street between Belvidere Street and Laurel Street
-E. Main Street between N. 2nd Street and Governor Street
-Monument Avenue between Mulberry Street and Belvidere Avenue
-N. 3rd Street between E. Leigh Street and E. Broad Street
-Riverside Drive between 18th Street and Cowardin Avenue
-Stonewall Avenue between Cowardin Avenue and 18
-Mulberry between Grace
Street and Park Avenue
-Robinson between Grace Street and Park Avenue
-Davis Avenue between Grace Street and Park Avnue
-Strawberry Street between Grace Street and Park Avenue
-Allison between Grace Street and Park Avenue
-Allen Avenue between Grace Street and
-Stuart Avenue between West Avenue and Grace Street
-Birch between West Avenue and Monument Avenue
-Ryland between Franklin Avenue and Grace Street
-Shafer Street between Franklin Avenue and Grace Street
-Pine between Franklin and Grace Street
-Grace Street between Laurel and Henry
To see course maps, and Saturday/Sunday road closures and pattern changes, click here: Collegiate Road Nationals Traffic Impact Briefing