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2011 Media Releases


Date:
August 26, 2011
For More Information Contact:
Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 402-441-7831
Scott Opfer, Public Works and Utilities, 402-441-7711
Ken Smith, City Parking Manager, 402-441-4617

Capital City Ready for Game-Day Traffic

Visitors will see traffic improvements and new parking fines

Mayor Chris Beutler welcomes visitors to Lincoln for Husker football games and says Nebraska's Capital City is ready to accommodate fans and game-day traffic. Drivers will see traffic improvements near Memorial Stadium – two new multi-lane roundabouts at at 10th Street and Salt Creek Roadway.

"We are always looking for ways to improve safety and traffic flow, and those are the two main benefits roundabouts offer over traditional intersections with signals," Mayor Beutler said. "I encourage visitors to visit the City website to learn more about them and how easy they are to navigate." At lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: roundabout), drivers will find written driving instructions, a simulation of traffic flow at the two new roundabouts and a video produced by the Nebraska Department of Roads.

The Mayor encourages fans to plan ahead and use any of the following City programs to help beat game-day traffic and parking challenges:

The Mayor also encourages fans to enjoy the Capital City by arriving early and lingering downtown after games.

Those traveling downtown need to be aware that parking violations and towing will be more expensive this year. Meters are enforced Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and a new fine system will be in effect:

The City also has implemented a $50 towing fine for vehicles towed by order of the Police or a Parking Control Officer. The fine is charged in addition to the $49.53 required to get a vehicle out of the impoundment lot. The towing fine does not apply to cars towed from a private lot.

On football game days, Interstate 80 exits at I-180/Downtown and 27th Street can be very congested, so visitors are encouraged to use other routes into Lincoln:

Contractors will not work on highway or Interstate projects on game days, so I-80 will have at least two lanes open in each direction, and all lanes will be open on highways entering Lincoln.

Other traffic reminders:

Other general reminders:

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 signs will help direct fans to the Big Red Express locations. Big Red Express season tickets, good for round-trip travel for all home games, are available for $40 at StarTran, 710 "J" Street; the SouthPointe Pavilions office; Scheels at SouthPointe Pavilions; or at the lots on game day. For more information, call 402-476-1234 or visit startran.lincoln.ne.gov.

PARKING

The City recommends reserving reduced-price, pre-paid, event parking through the City Web site, lincoln.ne.gov, and through parkandgo.org. Football parking locations and fees are:

Grills are not allowed in City garages. RV parking is available at Sun Valley and Charleston for $10, and at the North Bottoms lot, 14th and New Hampshire, for $20. Grills are allowed at these locations.

A number of private lots are available. Rates vary, and some offer season passes. 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.

UNL parking lots will be available for use six hours prior to kick off. 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:


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