CONTACT: STEVE PARROTT
5 Old Capitol
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-0552; fax (319) 335-0558
Release: Aug. 31, 1999
UI offers travel and parking tips for Hawkeye football
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.