Thousands To Gather In Edmond For U.S. Senior Open

Monday, July 7th 2014, 10:51 am
By: News 9

Thousands of people are expected to converge on Oak Tree National Golf Club in Edmond on Monday and every day this week for the U.S. Senior Open.

A 160 acre field is designated as public parking, so the intersection of Waterloo Road and Kelly will be closed in all directions throughout the week.

Events are scheduled to begin as early as 7 a.m., so the incoming traffic will slow morning commuters down. If you live in northern Oklahoma County or in Logan County, you may want to give yourself a little extra time as you head out the door.

Edmond police have been working on a traffic plan for the past two years that will hopefully make things easier to navigate this year. Officers will be directing traffic on all roads that shoot of Waterloo and Kelly to help with the congestion.

Also, buses will not be used to take people directly to the golf course. So expect a lot of people walking in the roadway, which could create an additional traffic issue.

Edmond Police say despite the congestion, everyone will be able to access their homes and businesses. Police say be patient, drive cautiously and leave a few minutes early for work this week.

Heavy traffic is expected on I-35 as people head to the U.S. Senior Open. If this impacts your commute, we've come up with a plan to help you get around the mess for the rest of the work week.

Edmond Police have closed Waterloo and Kelly and it will stay closed through Sunday evening. So if that area is in your normal route to work, here's what you need to know.

If you're going north, turn off of Kelly on to Sorgum Mill Road, and you take either Santa Fe or Broadway north to Simmons Road, then go back to Kelly Avenue.

The same option goes if you're headed south. Turn off Kelly Avenue onto Simmons Road, and take either Santa Fe or Broadway south to Sorghum Mill, and then get back on Kelly.

With tens of thousands of spectators expected in Edmond each day, EMSA is concerned about how the extreme heat may come into play.

On Sunday, EMSA issued the first heat alert for the summer after paramedics responded to six heat-related illness calls. That heat alert will remain in effect until temperatures drop dramatically.

The public is being urged to take extra precautions especially if planning outdoor activities, such as attending the US Senior Open this week.

The United States Golf Association and Oak Tree National are stepping up their efforts to prevent heat related illness during the practice rounds. People will be allowed to bring one clear 16 ounce, sealed bottle of water through the admission gates. They will also have regular bottles of water for purchase for $2.50 at all concession areas. With each purchase, spectators will receive a second bottle free.

The important thing, EMSA says, is to stay hydrated if you are going to be outside. Dress in cool, loose clothing and stay in the shade if possible.