SYLVANIA, OH (Toledo News Now) – The Jamie Farr Toledo Classic officially tees off Thursday. The golf tournament attracts a lot of fans to the area and with that comes traffic.
There are orange cones in front of where all the action will be. Sylvania Police they know there is going to be a lot of traffic in town, so they are making some adjustments to accommodate it.
Bill Garrett has lived across the street from the Jamie Farr Toledo Classic since it arrived at the Highland Meadows Golf Club.
"There's definitely an increase in traffic, and of course, a lot of people park cars on Granville and other streets," said Garrett.
Traffic is already getting heavier in front of the golf club, but Thursday is when it will really take off.
"With the event that's coming, and as large as it's been over the number of years, we've learned that traffic does get pretty congested. So we've had to make some arrangements, said Sgt. Ervin Bratt with the Sylvania Police Department.
Sylvania Police have put a speed trailer onsite to keep people from racing by. Plus, officers are stationed near the entrance and parking lot. As for traffic patterns, expect the far right lane going eastbound to be closed.
"We have buses that are coming in here, and because they're coming so often, we've had to close off our curb lane going eastbound, and kind of moving eastbound traffic over into what we call the ‘center lane,'" explained Bratt.
Bratt said as traffic gets busier, cars from some of the side streets will not be allowed to turn left across traffic.
Garrett said even though his neighborhood gets crazy once a year, police keep it moving.
"It's something you get used to. It really isn't that much inconvenience. There is heavy traffic, but it moves," said Garrett,
Bratt suggests to anyone going through Erie Street for a commute to allow for extra time.
Copyright 2012 Toledo News Now. All rights reserved.