CONTACT: STEVE PARROTT
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Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-0552; fax (319) 335-0558
Release: Aug. 31, 1999
Post-game traffic plan seeks to smooth exit from football
IOWA CITY, Iowa The University of Iowa is adopting
a new post-game traffic plan in an effort to smooth the exodus from parking
lots in and around Kinnick Stadium following home football games this fall.
The plan will be in effect for one hour after each game.
"Our fans have asked us to help speed up the post-game
traffic, so we hired the best traffic consultant available to develop this
plan in an effort to accommodate that request," said Bob Bowlsby, UI director
of men's athletics.
The plan calls for three major exit routes, designed
to move traffic quickly to Interstate 80 or to Hwy. 218:
Vehicles parked on the west side of Kinnick will
be routed west on Melrose Avenue. Those vehicles will be allowed to turn
left (south) on Mormon Trek or continue west on Melrose to Hwy 218. They
will not be allowed to turn right (north) on Mormon Trek a prohibition
designed to keep traffic from backing up at the interchange of Mormon
Trek and Hwy. 6 in Coralville. Likewise, vehicles approaching Melrose
on Mormon Trek from the south will be required to turn left (west) on
Melrose so they don't create traffic tie-ups in Coralville or on Melrose
near Kinnick Stadium.
Vehicles parked in Hospital Ramp No. 2 and southeast
of Kinnick will be routed east on Melrose, which will become two lanes
of one-way, eastbound traffic to Byington Road and Grand Avenue. Those
vehicles will be able to continue east on Burlington Street or turn right
(south) on Riverside Drive. They will not be allowed to turn left (north)
on Riverside a prohibition designed to keep that traffic separate
from traffic coming off of Newton Road and Hawkins Drive onto Hwy. 6.
Vehicles parked north of Kinnick, including Hospital
Ramps No. 1 and 3, will be routed north and west on Hawkins Drive to Hwy.
6. There will be two lanes of outbound traffic from Hospital Ramp No.
3 to near the Dental Science Building, where the outbound traffic will be
expanded to three lanes. At Hwy. 6 there are two left turn lanes. The
right lane is for those who wish to turn right onto Hwy. 6 or to continue
straight ahead onto Rocky Shore Drive. Vehicles in the right lane may
not turn left.
For fans who park along Newton Road north of UI Hospitals
and Clinics and the Dental Science Building, there will be no change in traffic
patterns on Newton Road. However, fans should avoid the Woolfe Avenue bridge
because Iowa City has a road construction project under way on Woolfe Avenue
and River Street.
The plan also creates pedestrian-only areas on the
streets near Kinnick Stadium.
Melrose Avenue will be completely closed to vehicles
between Hawkins Drive and the entrance to west Kinnick parking lots. Traffic
over the railroad bridge on Melrose will be split to allow pedestrians
on the south side and two lanes of vehicular traffic on the north side of
Stadium Drive on the north side of Kinnick will
also be completely closed to vehicles for one hour after the game.
Hawkins Drive will be completely closed to traffic
from the main entrance to UI Hospitals and Clinics to the stoplights at
the intersection of Hawkins and the road between Hospital Ramp
No. 2 and the Pomerantz Family Pavilion. From there,
south to Melrose Avenue, barricades will be set up to allow pedestrians
to use the west half of Hawkins while providing two lanes for vehicles
exiting Hospital Ramp 2.
Barricades will also be set up on Melrose between
Hawkins Drive and South Grand Avenue to keep pedestrian and vehicular
traffic separate in that area.
Patients and others needing access to UI Hospitals
and Clinics during the hour after the game may use Hawkins Drive from Hwy.
6. People needing access to the hospital's Emergency Treatment Center should
avoid Melrose and instead take Riverside to Grand Avenue.