OPD Releases Road Closures For RAGBRAI

Oskaloosa Police Department Squad

Oskaloosa Police Department Squad

Our 2013 Ragbrai event is almost upon us.  The event will begin on Thursday, July 25th and conclude Friday, July 26.  Ragbrai officials are expecting approximately 20,000 cyclists and support personnel to be coming into Oskaloosa during that time.

Oskaloosa will be welcoming riders as early as 9:00 a.m. with the majority of riders arriving between 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.  The city has a lot of fun events planned for the day and evening hours of the 25th.  Riders will begin leaving Oskaloosa at 6:00 a.m. on the 26th with the majority of riders having left town by 12:00 p.m.

The Police Department would like to make citizens aware that there will be several street closings on July 25th and July 26th to accommodate the large number of bicyclists, pedestrians and support vehicles that will be throughout the city.

The following roads will be closed to through traffic:

11th Avenue West from Joiner Avenue to South F Street from approximately 8:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. on the 25th of July.

11th Avenue West will again be closed from Edmundson drive to South Market Street on July 26th from approximately 6:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. on July 26th.

South H Street from 11th Avenue West to High Avenue West from 8:00 a.m. on July 25th until approximately 12:00 p.m. on July 26th.

High Avenue West from South H Street to North I Street from 8:00 a.m. on July 25th until approximately 12:00 p.m. on July 26th.

North I Street from High Avenue West to M Avenue West from approximately 8:00 a.m. on July 25th until 12:00 p.m. on July 26th.

M Avenue West from North I Street to Green Street from approximately 8:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. on July 25th.

M Avenue West from North I Street to Green Street from approximately 6:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. on July 26th.

Orchard Avenue from Green Street to the roundabout on Highway 432 from approximately 8:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. on July 25th.

Orchard Avenue from Green Street to the roundabout on Highway 432 from 6:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. on July 26th.

15th Avenue East from South Market to South 11th Street from 6:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. on July 26th.

17th Avenue East from South 11th Street to Highway 23 from 6:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. on July 26th.

The downtown area from Market Street to Third Street and A Avenue East to Third Avenue East will also be closed from 6:00 a.m. on the 25th until approximately 3:00 a.m. on the 26th of July.

Market street (Highway 63) traffic will be detoured from South Market street along 15th Avenue East to South 11th Street and back north to A Avenue East (Highway 92).

The police are asking citizens to avoid these roads with vehicular traffic during these times.  Residents in these areas will be allowed but the roads will be closed to through traffic.

The police are also asking all drivers use extreme caution and watch for cyclists and pedestrians throughout the city.  Please do your part to help make our Ragbrai event fun and safe for the entire community.

The Oskaloosa Police Department is happy to help make this a safe, fun, and exciting time for all.

Please visit the city website at www.oskaloosaiowa.org for more information regarding our 2013 Ragbrai event.

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