Preliminary Traffic Plan for U.S. Open

Police are working on plans to deal with crowds of up to 35,000 people a day for the U.S. Open

By Lauren DiSanto
|  Tuesday, Feb 19, 2013  |  Updated 6:20 PM EDT
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Preliminary Traffic Plan for U.S. Open

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Haverford Road will be closed between Ardmore and College Avenue for the week of the U.S. Open.

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Haverford Township police are finalizing plans ahead of June's U.S. Open at the Merion Golf Club in Ardmore.

Traffic and security is a top concern, with crowds anticipated at 35,000 people a day. The U.S. Open will be held June 10-16.

"It's a big event for Haverford Township, but we're glad it's here. We will make it operate correctly," said Haverford Township Deputy Police Chief John Viola.

An approved traffic plan won't be released until Spring, but Viola shared the preliminary plans with NBC10.

Haverford Road will be closed between Ardmore and College Avenue for the entire week. Viola says the road will close starting around 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 9 and remain shut down until the following Sunday afternoon, unless there's a playoff and then it would stay closed until Monday.

Other closures include Ardmore Avenue, which will be shut down for the week between Darby Road and Haverford Road. Golf House Road will also be closed for the week.

Partial closures from morning until evening should be expected for Ellis Road, between Lawrence Road and Darby Road.

Neighborhood meetings are planned to give residents a chance to find out more about the plans and express their concerns.

"There's going to be inconveniences, we know that. Our plan is to try and make it as inconvenient as possible just for the neighbors, they have a lot to endure with this amount of traffic," said Viola.

Fans won't be able to park anywhere close to the golf course, and should expect to take shuttle buses running from PPL Park in Chester, Rose Tree Park in Delaware county and Delaware County Community College. Viola says the shuttles will be running constantly and will likely begin at 6:00 a.m.

This will be the fifth U.S. Open held at Merion Golf Club and the 18th national championship held there.

 


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