Friday, September 11, 2009

Watch out for Tour of Missouri road closures Sunday

Kansas City Police want area residents to be aware of Downtown and Midtown road closures associated with the Tour of Missouri bicycle race Sunday.

Kansas City will be the seventh and final stage of the elite Tour of Missouri. The cyclists will race seven times around a 10.2-mile route that begins and ends at Crown Center. The route goes as far north as Berkeley Riverfront Park and as far south as 31st Street. A map of the route is above, and you can click on it to see a larger version.

Police will begin shutting down the entire route between 1:30 and 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 13. Traffic intersecting the race route may be allowed across at various locations if officers determine bicyclists are out of the area and the crossing would be safe. Motorists are advised to stay well outside the perimeter of the race route unless they have a legitimate need to cross it. Most roads will re-open when the race is concluded. Longer closures may take place near the race’s staging area and finish line at Crown Center.

More than 120 officers and 30 police volunteers will be on hand for traffic control along the route. For more information about the race, go to .