Temporary Speed Limit Reduction & Greenway Closure Planned During 8th Rowing Lane Construction

October 26, 2016

The speed limit of a section of Melton Lake Drive will be temporarily reduced during construction of the 8th lane on the Oak Ridge Rowing Course. A partial greenway closure will also be enforced in the area as needed.  

The speed limit will be reduced from 45 MPH to 25 MPH along Melton Lake Drive between Amanda Drive and Palisades Parkway. The change will remain in place for a minimum of three months beginning Monday, October 31, 2016. Appropriate signage will be installed warning drivers of the reduced speed limit.  

The project will also require approximately 500 feet of greenway to be removed and replaced at the end of construction. As a result, a section of Melton Lake Greenway between Amanda Drive and Palisades Parkway will be temporarily closed. 

Due to site prep work, the greenway will close Friday, October 28, but will reopen for the weekend. The closure will be put back in place for the duration of the project on Monday, October 31. 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.