Riverside Drive Detours During Memphis In May Events

Riverside Drive Detours During Memphis In May Events
Partial closures of Riverside Drive have begun for the Memphis in May events. During event days, Riverside Drive will be closed and traffic detoured around the closure from Union Avenue to Georgia Avenue. Also, during the Festival event days, Beale Street from Wagner Place to Front Street and Wagner Place from Beale Street to MLK Boulevard will close for the safety of pedestrians and visitors to the events. While Memphis in May will be operating in the park for thirty-seven days, traffic disruption will be minimized as full closure of Riverside Drive is limited to only eighteen of those days; during the remainder of the month, Riverside Drive is open for two-way traffic in the northbound lanes.
“As a partner with the city and citizens of Memphis, we make every effort to reduce the impact our Festival has on Riverside Drive traffic,” says James L. Holt, President & CEO of Memphis in May. “With the safety of our workers and festival-goers in mind, the road closures we require are as brief as possible to reduce the impact on downtown traffic.”
Complete closure of Riverside Drive will be limited to the following days: – Wednesday, May 1 through Monday, May 6 for Beale Street Music Festival – Saturday, May 11 through Sunday, May 19 for the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest – Thursday, May 23 through Tuesday, May 28 for the Great American River Run, Celebrate Memphis, and load-out
2019 Memphis in May International Festival Dates: Beale Street Music Festival: May 3-5; 2019 World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest: May 15-18; 2019 Great American River Run: May 25; 2019 Celebrate Memphis: May 25, 2019.

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