Temporary Greenway Closure PLANNED DuRING 8th Rowing Lane CONSTRUCTION

October 7, 2016

A section of Melton Lake Greenway will be temporarily closed during construction of the 8th lane on the Oak Ridge Rowing Course.  

The project will require approximately 500 feet of greenway to be removed and replaced at the end of construction. The affected area is located along Melton Lake Drive between Amanda Drive and Palisades Parkway.  

Due to the restricted project work zone, a temporary bypass is not expected to be feasible. The specific start date for the closure has yet to be determined, but signs will give notice to those in the area once the closure begins. Trail users are asked to be cautious and observe all trail closure barricades and signage.

The construction of the 8th rowing lane is funded by a combination of state appropriations, City Capital Improvement funds and a state tourism grant awarded to the Anderson County Tourism council specifically for the 8th lane project.

The Oak Ridge Rowing Association (ORRA), Explore Oak Ridge (the Oak Ridge Convention and Visitors Bureau) and Visit Knoxville are also contributing agencies. These entities have come together to fund a project that will allow the world-class Oak Ridge Rowing Course to attract more and larger events. The new lane also ensures that the Oak Ridge course will remain competitive as one of the top-ranked rowing venues in the United States.  

Rowing has an annual economic impact of $2 million in Oak Ridge and the surrounding communities. The City would like to express its gratitude to State Representative John Ragan, State Senator Randy McNally and all those who have worked so hard to support this important project.  

For more information, please contact the Recreation & Parks Department at (865) 425-3450.