City Of Charlotte Says Expect Heavy Traffic In Uptown Due To CIAA Tournament

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (News Release) — The Charlotte Department of Transportation expects heavy Uptown pedestrian and motorist traffic this weekend during the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) basketball tournament.

Games will be at multiple locations, including Bojangles’ Coliseum, Spectrum Center and the Charlotte Convention Center through Saturday, February 29.

Motorists are advised of the following:

  • There are no planned street closures, but sporadic closures of 5th Street near the Spectrum Center may occur after the end of the key games.
  • When pedestrian traffic is high, motorist turns onto side streets from College Street and Tryon Street may be prohibited, specifically on College Street and Tryon Street between Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and 6th Street.
  • On Friday and Saturday, motorist turns from College Street and Tryon Street between Stonewall Street and 9th Street may be prohibited.
  • Motorists are encouraged to find alternate routes.
  • On-street parking will be limited on portions of Trade Street, Church Street, Tryon Street, College Street, 5th Street, and 6th Street.
  • Motorists wishing to park are encouraged to access lots by using the side street where the lot or deck is located.

Motorists and pedestrians are cautioned to be alert at all times. Pedestrians will be crossing streets and walking to the Spectrum Center from parking lots, garages and the Charlotte Convention Center.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officers will be on duty at every main pedestrian intersection in this area during the event.

Pedestrians walking near work zones should be alert, cautious and allow extra traveling time. It is advised they cross at signalized intersections, use pedestrian walk signals where available and abide by detour signage.

Motorists traveling through work zones should be alert, extra cautious and allow extra traveling time.

Drivers should get in the correct lane well in advance and constantly be on the lookout for vehicles merging into adjacent travel lanes as they approach a work zone. Drivers should double their following distance.