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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 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 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 and Grand.

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.