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Kentucky Oaks Today: Traffic and Weather Together

With Derby officials predicting a good turnout for the races and other festivities, here’s the all important reminder about traffic. As is the case every year, there are plenty of street closings. As they say, know before you go.

Look here for road closings and no parking areas.

Look here for information on items allowed or disallowed at the Derby.

The outlook for rain has improved for Oaks: the National Weather Service forecasts a 30% chance of rain today, with the best chance in the morning hours. It should be partly cloudy this afternoon with a high of 69 degrees.

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Pegasus Parade and Derby Traffic Update

The Pegasus Parade will begin this afternoon, and a number of downtown streets will be closed for much of the day. You can see the closings here (or scroll down).

Look here for road closings and no parking areas.

Look here for information on items allowed or disallowed at the Derby.

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Police Urge Caution, Planning For Derby and Oaks

The Louisville Metro Police are gearing up for Oaks and Derby Day traffic.   Officials say not much has changed in terms of getting into and out of the Churchill Downs area; motorists not attending the races are being advised to avoid the area, especially right after the Oaks and Derby.

Deputy Police Chief Yvette Gentry says a ban against cruising along West Broadway remains in effect, although police relaxed their crackdown a bit last year.

“It’s not totally a non-issue, we’ve had bad weather which has not given us a true picture of what we are dealing with and how we have eradicated the cruising problem,” Gentry Says “hopefully this year, if we have good weather we are able to see what we really can do as far as scaling that back in the future.”

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Traffic Plan for Oaks, Derby is Much the Same

by Stephanie Crosby

This year’s traffic plan for the Kentucky Oaks and Derby will be much the same as in years past.

LMPD Lt. Doug Sweeney says they’re making a couple of changes to the roads that will be shut down while race-goers leave Churchill Downs because of ongoing construction on Eastern Parkway. He says they’ll shut down the ramp from I-65 southbound to Arthur Street after the feature races to accommodate the thousands of people leaving the track.

Sweeney says one factor that usually frustrates people about the traffic around Churchill Downs is that all traffic patterns are geared toward exiting the track after the signature races, so it’s difficult to get to the facility.

“Often, people will come after the races to get their teenage youngster and they can’t get close to the track,” says Sweeney. “Well, that’s because we’re sending tens of thousands of cars out of the track and we’ve kind of reversed the traffic flow.”

He says the best plan is to look at the traffic plan online and make plans before the race on where to meet up afterwards.

About 11-hundred LMPD officers will be working traffic detail and security this weekend for the Oaks and Derby.