Cross country crowds pay $39,000 in admissions

An electronic warning sign alerts motorists to traffic delays on Ellis Boulevard during the state cross country championships.

An electronic warning sign alerts motorists to traffic delays on Ellis Boulevard during the state cross country championships.

The state Cross Country Championships brought more than one first to the community that’s hosted the event for years.

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This year’s meet brought new admission fees and a first-time traffic change, which many say worked well in accommodating added traffic.

On Nov. 5, in anticipation of the added vehicles the event would bring in a largely residential neighborhood, city officials, in coordination with the Missouri State High School Activities Association, changed Ellis Boulevard to a one-way street eastbound from Tanner Bridge Road to Rosewood Drive. The street remained a one-way from 6 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 5.

Tina Werner, general recreation and support services division director, said the one-way worked really well, but there were a few kinks that need to be worked out in future years. She said the one-way was split into three lanes, which should probably be taken down to two next year.

“Just a few things we need to tweak for next year,” Werner said. “But overall, I think everything went really well.”

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