CONTACT: STEVE PARROTT
5 Old Capitol
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-0552; fax (319) 335-0558
Release: Sept. 5, 2000
Post-game traffic plan seeks to smooth exit from football parking lots
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa has announced a 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.
The plan, adopted last season, 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.
The plan also calls for pedestrian-only areas on the streets near Kinnick
-- 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 the street.
-- 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.
Pedestrians headed to the downtown area should use the Grand Avenue pedestrian
overpass since they will not be allowed to cross the street at Byington Road
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.