City of Lincoln
2007 Media Releases
Lincoln Mayor Chris Beutler today said those headed to the Nebraska State Fair and Husker football games will continue to see traffic improvements, especially in the areas of downtown, the UNL City campus and the fairgrounds. The State Fair runs from today through September 3, and the Huskers' first home game is September 1.
"The biggest improvements fair and football fans will see are related to the Antelope Valley Project," said Beutler. "Three legs of the elevated roadway are open near the Devaney Center, providing improved access to downtown and State Fair Park. The overpass spans the railroad tracks which used to block traffic, and pedestrians have a new trail that runs parallel to the waterway."
On football game days, Interstate 80 exits can be very congested, so out-of-town visitors are encouraged to use Highways 6 and 34, West "O" and the West Bypass as alternate routes. Because of the usual traffic congestion after football games, Beutler encouraged Husker fans to "linger in Lincoln" and enjoy the dining, shopping and entertainment in the downtown and Haymarket areas. He also encouraged visitors to plan ahead for traffic and parking and to try the three options offered by the City of Lincoln: pre-paid, reserved event parking; StarTran’s free State Fair shuttle; and StarTran’s Big Red Express.
Parking at State Fair Park is free. Fair visitors are encouraged to use the 27th Street entrance to the fairgrounds because most of the available parking is on the east side of the fairgrounds. More information on the State Fair is available at www.statefair.org. UNL parking for State Fair visitors is $5.
Those traveling downtown should be aware of the bike lanes on 14th Street from "L" to "R" streets and on 11th Street from "Q" to "K" streets.
Maps and other parking information are available at lincoln.ne.gov and by calling the parking office at 402-441-6472.
Parking also is available at the following University areas for $10:
Wheelchair accessible parking is available at UNL Lot 8, Stadium Drive and Holdrege, for $10 per vehicle. Handicapped parking is available at:
The State Fair parking lots will not be available for football fans to use for the September 1 game.
Those using Interstate 80 who plan to park in the Haymarket Park lots should use the airport exit (399). Those parking in downtown should use the 9th Street/downtown exit (401).
A number of private lots also are available. Rates vary, and some offer season passes.
Downtown parking meters are enforced from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Vehicles blocking drives, parked too close to the intersection, parked on public right of way or interfering with vehicle and pedestrian traffic will be towed.
StarTran will offer FREE shuttle services during the State Fair. A shuttle will operate from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays and Labor Day, Monday, September 3, from the parking lot of the north Bed Bath & Beyond, 5040 North 27th.
In addition, one HandiVan will offer service to the State Fair for eligible persons with disabilities. Reservations for this service can be made with StarTran by the usual procedure. (HandiVan users must register with the League of Human Dignity which can be reached by calling 441-7871.) The HandiVan service will be offered at the following dates and times:
In addition to its regular routes, StarTran will provide its Big Red Express service on Husker game days starting two hours before kickoff from seven locations:
After the game, buses will leave from the east side of the stadium. The cost is $4 each way for adults and $1 each way for children age 12 and under, and passengers will need exact change. Big Red Express season ticket packets, good for round-trip travel for all seven home games, are available for $40, a savings of $16. They are available at StarTran, 710 "J" Street. For information, call 476-1234.
Street Closures and Changes
Stadium Drive west of the stadium will be closed to all vehicular traffic. Passenger drop-off and pick-up will not be allowed in front of the stadium before or after the game. Fans can be dropped off and picked up at 10th and Charleston streets and 12th and "R" streets.
Only StarTran buses and those using UNL Lot 12 or handicapped parking will be allowed west of 16th Street on Vine.
Charter buses will park on "W" Street between 14th and 16th streets.
The following traffic patterns are in effect after the football games:
Motorists are reminded that the Antelope Valley Project has resulted in changes to 16th and 17th streets near campus. 17th Street north of Vine now crosses the new Antelope Creek bridge between "X" Street (near Nebraska Hall) and "Y" Street. Traffic is two-way on 17th from "X" Street north to Holdrege and on 16th from "X" to "W" streets.
The taxi stand is at 14th and Vine streets.
Alcohol is prohibited on City streets, parking lots, garages and sidewalks including the trail between Haymarket Park and 8th Street.
The sale of tickets, souvenirs or other items is not allowed on City streets or sidewalks. Officers will issue citations for violations that inhibit the use of the street or sidewalk.
Lock your vehicle and put valuable items out of sight to prevent theft.
Grills are not allowed in City parking garages.
Backpacks and umbrellas are not allowed in Memorial Stadium.