ROADWAY IMPROVEMENTS AND TRAFFIC CIRCULATION PATTERNS FOR THE 1982 WORLD'S FAIR IN KNOXVILLE, TENNESSEE

The 1982 World's Fair in Knoxville, Tennessee, was a major special event for which a variety of transportation improvements and programs were implemented in the hope of averting severe traffic congestion. Historically, Knoxville's road system was inadequate to handle existing regional and local traffic, so planners, engineers, and administrators had to assume an aggressive posture to effect needed improvements. The nature of these improvements, including their expected and actual impacts, is explored. Also included is an analysis of daily and hourly traffic distribution patterns. Overall the transportation system surrounding the 1982 World's Fair performed excellently. Many roadway improvements initiated for the fair will have residual benefits to Knoxville for several years to come. Other projects implemented solely for the fair performed well. The capital improvements were complemented by a favorable transportation modal split and temporal traffic distribution characteristics. Planners of future special events can benefit by applying some general principles that arose from the Knoxville experience including realistic estimates of travel demand and transportation modal split, providing motorists with guidance to parking areas, gate location and number, knowledge of the event's expected arrival and departure patterns, and fostering a high degree of agency cooperation.

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; Maps; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 18-28
  • Monograph Title: Transportation and land development issues
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00396529
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309037204
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Sep 30 1985 12:00AM