Masters Week traffic plan to look different because of fewer patrons
When the 2020 Masters Tournament was moved to November, traffic was light on the first practice round day. No patrons were allowed in the fall because of COVID-19 precautions, but a limited number of patrons will be present for the 2021 tournament this April. [SUSAN MCCORD/THE AUGUSTA CHRONICLE]
With only a limited number of patrons allowed into the Masters Tournament this year, Augusta Traffic Engineering is making a few changes to the traffic plan.
John Ussery, the city’s assistant director of traffic engineering, said this year’s plan will start earlier, on Thursday, April 1, instead of the Sunday before the tournament. A lot of volunteers and staff will be getting tested, being trained and completing other required tasks, Ussery said.
Ussery said that while there's no estimate on how many patrons will be attending this year, there is a rough estimate on how many vehicles will be around Augusta National Golf Club during the tournament. Ussery said they are expecting 3,000 vehicles for volunteers and staff and an additional 3,000 vehicles for patrons.
In the past, the off-ramp at Washington Road and Interstate 20 has been closed for those coming from Atlanta, but not this year, Ussery said.