Stage 2 of the 2010 Amgen Tour of California race is on its way, and the city of Davis is preparing to host the world’s top professional teams.
The cycling race starts at 11 a.m. Monday on C Street between Third and Fourth Streets, next to Central Park. After a neutral start, the racers will complete two un-timed circuits downtown, then proceed west on Fifth during the second circuit for the 110-mile race to Santa Rosa. x
Although there is much excitement to host the race for the fourth time, students, residents and commuters should be aware of the traffic congestion and street closures in the downtown and north campus areas. Russell Boulevard at the northern edge of campus will temporarily close from 10:40 a.m. to approximately 11:10 a.m. Vehicles will not be able to enter campus from the north end during this time.
Students and other Unitrans riders will have to adjust their travel schedules for a portion of the morning. No buses will arrive on campus after 10:25 a.m. and none will leave until 11:15 a.m. The E, L and M lines will take detours downtown, beginning at 8:15 a.m.
City streets will close around Central Park – where there will be a festival of food and booths – and along the downtown circuit route.
With Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong among the participants, the city expects up to 10,000 people.
There will be parking in Lots 1 and 2 south of the Mondavi Center, where parking permits will be sold and student employees will direct people downtown or to Russell Boulevard.
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