News 12 at 11 o'clock, April 2, 2009
AUGUSTA, Ga. --- Parking at the Masters maybe a little easier this year thanks to the additional 4,500 new parking spaces. The new lot is located just outside the gate from the course.
Along with the Masters tradition comes the masters traffic. Patient patrons line up and down Washington Road in hopes of parking as close as possible to the course.
This year that probability increases substantially. This year there will be close to 7,000 parking spaces at the brand new patron parking lot. And it's free.
The area will serve two purposes - one for the fans and the other to control traffic more effectively, says Richmond County Traffic Engineer Steve Cassell.
Those traveling from downtown Augusta will make a left turn at Gate A3 on Berckmans Road to get to the new lot.
Drivers traveling toward Augusta National from Interstate 20 will have two chances to turn right into the new parking areas. Something new this year - drivers will be able to access the parking lots by way of a new road behind the Publix Shopping Center in addition to Berckman's Road.
Patrons walking from the Washington road area will have to walk down Berckmans Road to get inside.
Also different this year, there's will be no on site parking within the course itself. Crews will also reopen the Washington Road on-ramp to I-20, now closed by construction, but avoid that area if you can.
And remember - no ticket or badge holders will be getting into the tournament off Washington Road. You'll now enter through Gates 6A or 9.
Be sure to watch for News12 for live traffic updates and you can check wrdw.com.