CONTACT: STEVE PARROTT
101 Jessup Hall
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-0552; fax (319) 335-0558
Release: Aug. 27, 2002
Post-game traffic plan seeks to smooth exit from football parking lots
The University of Iowa will continue using 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.
Three major exit routes are designed to move traffic quickly to Interstate
80 or to Hwy. 218:
-- Vehicles parked west of Kinnick will be routed west on Melrose Avenue.
-- Vehicles parked in Hospital Ramp No. 2 and southeast of Kinnick will
be routed east on Melrose.
-- Vehicles parked north of Kinnick, including Hospital Ramps No. 1 and
3, as well as the new lot located west of Ramp 3, will be routed north and
west on Hawkins Drive to Hwy. 6.
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.
-- 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
of UI Hospitals and Clinics to the stoplights at the next intersection to
-- Barricades will be set up on Melrose Avenue between Hawkins Drive and
South Grand Avenue to keep pedestrian and vehicular traffic separate in
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 who need 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 Drive to Grand Avenue.