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Release: Aug. 31, 1999

UI offers travel and parking tips for Hawkeye football fans

IOWA CITY, Iowa – Football fans traveling to Iowa City for the Sept. 4 Iowa-Nebraska game can expect heavy traffic and possible delays due to roadwork projects, especially in western Iowa and near Des Moines. University of Iowa and Iowa Department of Transportation officials urge fans to drive cautiously and courteously, and to allow extra time for travel.

Several road work projects are in progress along Interstate 80 between the Nebraska state line and the UI campus:

• Near the state line in Pottawattamie County, there are three major road projects. Patching is occurring in both eastbound and westbound lanes from the state line to the Iowa 244 Interchange. Traffic will be head-to-head with one lane in each direction for a five-mile stretch between the Iowa 244 Interchange and Interstate 680. There will also be head-to-head traffic in Council Bluffs from Madison Avenue to two miles north of the city limits.

• Near Des Moines, road projects will affect traffic in both directions on Interstate 80/35 near the Merle Hay Interchange. Roadwork will also affect traffic from Des Moines' Second Avenue to the northeast mixmaster – the interchange of Interstates 35, 80 and 235.

• In Jasper and Poweshiek counties, a patching project is under way from one mile east of the Iowa 224 Interchange to two miles west of U.S. 63.

• A bridge replacement project on I-80 over the Iowa River in Iowa City may create some delays, although two lanes will be maintained in each direction during peak traffic times.

Roadwork may also delay travelers on Interstate 29 in Harrison, Monona, and Woodbury counties. Likewise, roadwork may cause travel delays on Interstate 35 north of Ames in Story County and near Dows in Franklin County.

Once travelers reach the Iowa City/Coralville area, these are the routes for getting to Kinnick Stadium:

• I-80 westbound, use Interchanges 246 (Dodge Street in Iowa City), 244 (Dubuque Street, Iowa City) or 242 (First Avenue in Coralville)

• I-80 eastbound, take Highway 218 south and exit at Melrose Avenue or use I-80 Interchange 242 (First Avenue in Coralville).

• From the south on Highway 218, use either the Riverside Drive exit or the Melrose Avenue exit.

Those who exit at Riverside Drive should proceed north to Grand Avenue, which leads past the UI Field House and to Melrose Avenue.

• Follow DOT "Football Stadium Exit" signs along all routes.

Fans can avoid the congested traffic near the stadium by parking at any of three municipal parking ramps in downtown Iowa City or parking on the east side of Iowa City and using municipal buses to reach downtown. There is a fee of 75 cents per person for Iowa City buses.

Beginning 90 minutes before gametime, free UI Cambus service will shuttle fans from the downtown Pentacrest and from Hancher Auditorium parking lots to the stadium area. The return pickup point is at the bus loop located north of the UI Hospital School on Newton Road.

UI parking areas will be open at 7 a.m. and traffic control will continue for two hours after the game. Beer trucks, kegs and open bars are not permitted in any UI parking areas. Amplified sound, cooking fires and grills are not permitted in UI parking ramps. Beer and wine are allowed in UI parking areas, except for Lot 14 at the corner of Melrose and South Grand Avenues. That lot is alcohol-free. No hard liquor is allowed in any UI parking areas.

Here's a list of parking places available on university-owned property:

• Free parking for autos is available at Hancher Auditorium (Park Road and North Riverside), and at the University-owned parking lot south of Burlington Street at Madison and Prentiss streets (behind the building housing the Johnson County Jail and the Johnson County Sheriff's Office).

• Automobile parking is available at Finkbine Golf Course on Melrose Avenue and the UI Softball Complex (Mormon Trek Road and Hwy. 6). The parking fee is $5. Golf course parking is subject to weather conditions.

• Recreational vehicles may park at the Finkbine commuter parking lot on Hawkins Drive. There is a $10 charge for RV parking.

• Public parking is permitted at the UI Main Library lot on football Saturdays. The charge is 40 cents per hour.

• Public parking is also available at the IMU Parking Ramp and the North Campus Parking Ramp. The charge for those ramps is 60 cents per hour.

• Parking for people with disabilities will be reserved in Hospital Ramp No. 2 until 30 minutes before kickoff. The charge for UI ramp parking near the stadium is $5 per vehicle.

• Surface parking lots near Kinnick Stadium have space for 2,000, weather permitting. The charge is $5 per vehicle.

The pedestrian passageway through UI Hospitals and Clinics will be closed to football fans. For safety reasons, Stadium Drive north of Kinnick Stadium will be closed to vehicles when pre-game pedestrian traffic becomes heavy.