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STATE LINE STANDING TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT PLAN "The Most People in Two cities & Two States at the Same Time"

April 30, 2012

STATE LINE STANDING TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT PLAN
“THE MOST PEOPLE IN TWO CITIES AND TWO STATES AT THE SAME TIME”
SATURDAY, MAY 5, 2012

This is the traffic management plan for the state line standing event sponsored by the Civitans at noon on Saturday, May 5, 2012. The purpose of this event is to set a record to be included in the Guinness Book of Records for the most people standing simultaneously in two cities and two states at the same time. The two Bristols are responsible for safe traffic control, while the Civitan organization is responsible for conducting the event itself (participant sign ups, signaling when to begin, arranging documentation, etc.) with a minimum of traffic disruption.

The basic chronology of the event is for the Civitan organization to sign up the participants and line them up on the sidewalks of State Street prior to 11:50 a.m. The “first stage” of closure on State Street is from Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard to Pennsylvania Avenue/Goodson Street. If that section is insufficient to hold the number of participants, then East State Street section from Pennsylvania Avenue/Goodson Street to Sullivan Lane will be closed, with traffic being able to pass between Pennsylvania Avenue and Goodson Street. Finally, if that section is insufficient, a closure running west from Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard will be utilized. This will be a very short-term closure using police techniques rather than barricades with advance warning signage, etc.

Chronology of Events
Friday, May 4: Late in the day, Tennessee Public Works drops off 20 cones at the intersection of State Street and 3rd Street, while the Virginia Public Works drops off 20 cones at the intersection of State Street and Virginia Street. It is possible that cones being used downtown to block parking spaces prior to the Border Bash, and those used to block turn approach lanes during the Border Bash that evening can be re-used here.

Saturday, May 5: 11:45 a.m.: As a minimum, by 11:45 a.m., the Bristol Tennessee Police Department will be ready to block eastbound State Street at Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard with a police officer and cruiser, and with police officers on foot (aided by cones) at State Street and 3rd Street, and at State Street and 2nd Street. The Bristol Virginia Police Department will be ready to block westbound State Street at Goodson Street/Pennsylvania Avenue with a police officer and cruiser, and with police officers on foot (aided by cones) at State Street at Virginia Street, and at State Street and Washington Street. Police supervisors will be monitoring the signup of participants at the Trainstation that morning to determine if additional resources are needed to extend the closure area east and west. Extension eastward will require two police officers and two cruisers (at East State Street and Pennsylvania Avenue/Goodson Street [east side of intersection] and at East State Street and Sullivan Lane) in Tennessee and one police officer (East State Street and Short Street) in Virginia.

As coordinated by the two police supervisors, the officers will close State Street in such a manner as to allow vehicles within the closure area to depart. This section will be closed by 11:55 a.m.

Noon: The traditional sounding of the Tennessee tornado sirens at 12:00 noon will be signal for the participants to go stand astride the double yellow center line of State Street. As soon as the documentation is complete, the Civitan organizers will sound an air horn, and the participants will go back to the sidewalks. Once the streets are clear of pedestrians, the police officers will re-open the closure area to traffic.

It is anticipated that the total street closure time will be about ten minutes.

After noon: The two Public Works departments retrieve the cones used at a schedule determined by those agencies.