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Changes in Augusta will affect Masters traffic

April 6, 2019

For those who have been going to the Masters for years and for those who are staying in Aiken County and going for their first time, there are new changes in traffic structure for this year’s tournament.

The biggest change will affect motorists following practice and tournament days from 4 to 8 p.m. During that time, drivers will not be able to access Washington Road from Azalea or Magnolia Drive according to John Ussery, assistant director of traffic engineering for the City of Augusta.

Another change is a new roundabout at Wheeler and Aumond roads, but that will have little impact, if any, for those traveling from Aiken County.

Ussery did say the best way for those traveling from North Augusta would be to cross at the 13th street bridge and either take the Calhoun Expressway to Washington Road or Riverwatch Parkway to Alexander Drive.

For those driving from Aiken, he advised taking the Augusta-Aiken Parkway through downtown Augusta and picking up the Calhoun Expressway or Riverwatch Parkway.

“Many will use Exit 200 (Riverwatch) or 199 (Washington Road),” he said. “So those other options would be the way to go.”

Once golf fans park their cars, there are other do’s and don’ts they will need to be aware of.

Masters.com provides a list of patron info to follow. And there is an extensive list of items that are prohibited from the course:

• Electronic devices (cell phones, laptops, tablets, beepers and other electronics), including devices capable of transmitting photo/video.

• Radios, TVs, noise or music producing devices.

• Weapons of any kind (regardless of permit).

• Flags, banners or signs.

• Cameras.

• Chairs/seats with pointed ends, folding armchairs or rigid type chairs.

• Strollers.

• Food, beverage or coolers.

• Golf shoes with metal spikes.

• Ladders, periscopes or selfie sticks.

• Backpacks, bags and purses larger than 10”x10”x12” (in its natural state).

However, devices such as fitness tracking bands and electronic watches are permitted. But the use of such devices for phone calls, emails, text messaging and other photo, video, or data recording and/or transmission is prohibited.