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UI offers travel and parking tips for Hawkeye football fans
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The goal is the same, but the obstacles have changed.
Fans traveling to Iowa City for University of Iowa football games will
again face the prospect of delays due to road construction.
The good news: Road and bridge work on Melrose Avenue near Kinnick Stadium
is completed. So is the construction work on Dubuque Street between Interstate
80 and the Park Road Bridge. And the Wolf Avenue bridge, which spans U.S.
6 near the Veterans Administration Medical Center, is also expected to
be open before the season's first game, Sept. 5, with Central Michigan.
The not-so-good news:
* Traffic may be congested at I-80 exit 240 (Highway 965) because of
the opening of the new Coral Ridge Mall.
* Construction of a new bridge over Clear Creek is causing traffic congestion
on U.S. 6 (Second Street) in Coralville. Traffic narrows to two lanes in
* Newton Road on the north side of UI Hospitals and Clinics is also
under construction. At times, that road is limited to one lane, requiring
traffic to alternate.
There are two construction projects on I-80 in the Iowa City and Coralville
area - at the bridge over the Iowa River and just east of the I-380 interchange
- but two lanes of traffic are being maintained in each direction and no
delays are expected, according to the Iowa Department of Transportation.
Fans traveling to Iowa City from the east on I-80 may face delays between
the U.S. 61 and
I-74 interchanges in Davenport.
Charles Green, UI public safety director, offers these tips for getting
into Iowa City:
* I-80 westbound, use exits 244 (Dubuque Street) or 246 (Dodge Street).
* I-80 eastbound, take Highway 218 south and exit at Melrose Avenue
or use I-80 exit 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
* 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, Green says. 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.
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 U.S. 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 II 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, the street north of Kinnick Stadium
will be closed to vehicles when pre-game pedestrian traffic becomes heavy.