Augusta, GA (WJBF) – The Masters is just a month a way and it’s that time of year when Augusta’s traffic engineer, Steve Cassell, rolls out his traffic master plan for the Masters Tournament.
Cassell says one of the biggest enhancements this year are the pedestrian tunnels.
Cassell says, with the newly-constructed Berckmans Road, this year’s plan will have some major enhancements. “This is my baby and I’m real proud of the fact that we took traffic from being the number one complaint at the tournament, to basically a non-issue during the week,” says Cassell.
The difference, this year, is the new Berckmans Road and changes to pedestrian walkways. Cassell says the benefit of the new road is they can now better manage vehicle and a pedestrian traffic. “One of the things that we always strive for is to separate the pedestrians from the vehicles. With the new tunnels, we’ll be able to keep you from going down Berckmans Road, but people can be up under there and they won’t be crossing the road.”
For local law enforcement, these changes are welcomed. “When you’re not putting pedestrians on the roadway, it’s a win for everybody,” says Captain Scott Gay, with Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.
Like past years, the new Berkmans Road will be turned into a one way for short periods of time. And, traffic will still be pushed northbound towards Alexander Drive to alleviate Washington Road traffic.
“If you’re a half mile from the course, you’re not going to notice anything different. We’re still bringing you in on I-20 and River Watch [Parkway]. It’s as you get closer to the parking lots, you’re going to see some changes. The Old Berckmans Road is going to be closed,” says Cassell.
Also like past years, the I-20 eastbound ramp at Washington Road will be closed from 7:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m.