Mayor Chris Beutler said the City is ready to welcome visitors headed to the Nebraska State Fair and Husker football games. The State Fair runs from August 28 through September 7, and the Huskers' first home game is September 5. Motorists will continue to see changes in the Antelope Valley Project area.
As this important project moves forward, traffic conditions around the UNL campus and State Fair Park will continue to improve," Mayor Beutler said. "Motorists who are unfamiliar with the new roadways may want to plan ahead and allow a little extra time to reach their destinations.
Antelope Valley updates include the following:
On football game days, Interstate 80 exits can be very congested, so visitors are encouraged to use Highways 6 (Cornhusker Highway) and 34 ("O" Street) and the West Bypass as alternate routes. Contractors will not work on highway or Interstate projects on game days, so I-80 will have two lanes open in each direction, and all lanes will be open on highways entering Lincoln. If traveling from the Omaha area on I-80, motorists are encouraged to be especially alert as they prepare to exit the Interstate into Lincoln. Due to construction, off-ramps have been modified and may see more congestion.
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. The Mayor also encourages visitors to plan ahead for traffic and parking and to try one of the options offered by the City including pre-paid, reserved event parking and StarTran's Big Red Express (details below).
Free parking is available on the east end of the State Fair Park for those attending the Fair. The State Fair parking lots will not be available for football fans to use for the September 5 game.
The State Fair also is offering a free shuttle service. Two buses will run in a loop between Bed, Bath and Beyond (5040 N. 27th), North 27th Street Plaza (3901 N. 27th) and State Fair Park from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. August 29 and 30 and September 5, 6 and 7. More information is available at www.statefair.org.
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.
(STARTRAN, PARKING AND GAME-DAY INFORMATION FOLLOWS)
STARTRAN OFFERS BIG RED EXPRESS
In addition to its regular routes, StarTran will provide its Big Red Express service on Husker game days starting two hours before kickoff from five locations:
Buses will drop-off and depart 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. Electronic roadside signs will help direct fans to the Big Red Express locations. Big Red Express season ticket packets, good for round-trip travel for all seven home games, are available for $50. They are available at StarTran, 710 "J" Street; the SouthPointe Pavilions office; Scheel's All Sports at SouthPointe Pavilions; or at the lots on game day. For more information, call 476-1234 or visit startran.lincoln.ne.gov.
RESERVED PARKING AVAILABLE
The City recommends reserving pre-paid, event parking through the City Web site, lincoln.ne.gov, and through parkitdowntown.org. Football parking locations and fees are:
Maps and other parking information are available at lincoln.ne.gov and by calling the parking office at 402-441-6472.
University of Nebraska game day parking information and maps are available at http://parking.unl.edu/ (keyword: football). Parking also is available at the following University areas for $15:
Wheelchair accessible parking is available at UNL Lot 5, Stadium Drive and Holdrege, for $15 per vehicle. Handicapped parking is available at:
UNL parking lots will be available for use six hours prior to kick off.
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.
OTHER GAME DAY INFORMATIONSTREET 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 St. on Vine.
Charter buses will park on "W" St. between 14th and 16th streets.
The following traffic patterns are in effect after the football games:
The taxi stand is at 14th and Vine streets.REMINDERS