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Traffic Management Plan — Bristol Pink Sign Lighting

October 01, 2012

This is the traffic management plan for the State Street closure associated with the Bristol Pink Sign Lighting event, scheduled for the evening of Monday, October 1, 2012. The traffic plan diagram and sign list are enclosed.


This event will encompass State Street between Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard and 2nd Street/Washington Street, including the State Street parking lot of the Trainstation. Staging,
deployment, and removal of the traffic control materials will be handled by both the Tennessee and Virginia Public Works sign crews.

The presence of the mainline railroad crossing of the Norfolk Southern Railway in the center of the closure area presents some challenges for setup and removal of traffic control devices. So that both sign crews can complete any initiated tasks without being interrupted for a possibly extended period by a stopped train on the crossing, the Tennessee sign crew will supply and handle all of the traffic control devices west of the railroad crossing on both sides of the state line, while the Virginia sign crew will supply and handle all of the traffic control devices east of the railroad crossing on both sides of the state line.

Since this is a first-time event, there is no history from which to estimate crowd attendance. In the event that the closure area proves insufficient to contain the crowd within the confines of the planned street closure, both police departments need to be prepared to close the 400 block of State Street (between Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard and 5th Street/Lee Street) using police techniques only, with one police cruiser blocking State Street at each end of the 400 block. By its nature, the decision to close that block of State Street cannot be made until just before the event begins. In any case, all lanes of Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard (except turn lanes as appropriate) need to remain open to through traffic during this event.

The chronology of events for the Bristol Pink Sign Lighting is as follows:

Friday, September 28: During the day: All of the materials will be collected by both sign crews. The Tennessee Public Works personnel that work downtown in the early morning weekday hours will be supplied with 12 cones to be deployed early on Monday morning. These cones will be left on their truck and not staged in the field over the weekend.

Monday, October 1: Before 7:00 a.m.: Sometime in the early morning hours before 7:00 a.m., the Tennessee Public Works downtown early morning crew will block both driveways of the Trainstation parking lot leading to State Street, using the 12 cones left on their truck Friday afternoon.

During the day: Both sign crews will stage all of the remaining traffic control materials, with Tennessee staging all materials west of the railroad crossing in both states and Virginia staging all materials east of the railroad crossing in both states.

4:00 p.m.: While parking is not regulated on State Street between Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard and 2nd Street/Washington Street, and there are currently no adjacent businesses in operation to generate exclusive on-street parking demand, both Police Departments should begin monitoring the closure area to ensure that no vehicles park along these two blocks of State Street until the street is closed.

5:45 p.m.: Both sign crews simultaneously close their sections of State Street. West of the railroad crossing, the eastbound State Street, and northbound and southbound turn lanes of Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard, are closed first, followed by State Street east of Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard. Both sign crews shall leave an exit “drain” open at each end of the closure area until they are certain that there are no vehicles “trapped” inside the closure area; then those “drain” points can be closed. The closure should be in place by 6:00 p.m.

As soon as the closure installation is complete, the Tennessee sign crew will remove the 12 cones blocking the Trainstation parking lot entrances.

7:11 p.m.: Official time of sunset.

7:30 p.m.: The first speaker speaks.

7:37 p.m.: End of civil twilight1.

About 8:15 p.m.: After the Bristol Sign is illuminated and the crowds disperse, the two sign crews re-open State Street.

All traffic control materials are removed to the two City Garages on a schedule to be determined by those two departments.