Construction on IN 45/46 Bypass to Continue During 2010 Men's Basketball Season
Nov. 6, 2010
Bloomington, Indiana - Tip-off for the second men's basketball exhibition game vs. Ferris State will be 7:00 p.m. on Monday, November 8 and fans are encouraged to arrive early to Assembly Hall. Road construction on Bloomington's IN 45/46 Bypass will limit available lanes throughout the season and IU Athletics encourages all ticket holders to plan their route to the stadium carefully and arrive as early as possible.
Throughout the construction, IU Athletics has been working closely with the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT), local law enforcement and Milestone Contractors, L.P. (the construction firm heading up the widening of the 45/46 Bypass) to limit traffic congestion, maximize traffic flow and stay informed on the construction schedule.
IU Athletics also has a comprehensive communication effort in place to inform fans of possible delays, alternative routes and construction updates. Construction on the 45/46 Bypass during the basketball season will focus on widening roadways and clearings for utility access.
Lane restrictions and delays should be expected both before and following each men's basketball game at Assembly Hall. Local law enforcement will be utilized to help keep traffic flowing on roadways and at gate entrances surrounding the stadium. Construction on the roadway will continue through 2012.
To help offset confusion and possible traffic delays, IU Athletics will send messages providing detailed traffic information to ticket holders throughout the season. These communications include e-mails containing links to maps and traffic updates and a Twitter page (www.Twitter.com/IUTraffic). These efforts are designed to give fans information to help mitigate potential traffic problems.
"Unfortunately, IU fans that attended football games this year are already familiar with the congestion caused by the construction project, but we want to make sure everyone has all of the information they need to get here and have a great Indiana basketball experience." said Fred Glass, Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics.
"We're really looking forward to the end of this project when fans will hopefully be able to more easily access our facilities" Glass added. "Until then, we'll continue to do our best to provide the latest information and updates to get our fans here as safely and as efficiently as possible."
Information regarding traffic and parking can also be found by visiting IUHoosiers.com. Latest construction information can be found on the University's 45/46 Bypass Construction Update site (http://www.indiana.edu/~bypass/).
"With many games falling during the week, we also want to remind our fans that they are entering rush-hour traffic for Bloomington as well, added Glass." Bloomington residents not attending IU games are encouraged to avoid the 45/46 Bypass and use alternative routes on men's basketball game days.
INDOT has contributed both expertise and resources to the game-day traffic plan. In addition to recommendations from traffic engineers, INDOT will alter traffic signals along both the SR 37 and the SR 67 corridors and at the I-465/ SR 37 exit on game days to manage the increased traffic flow. This will help alleviate some traffic congestion coming from Indianapolis and northern Indiana.
INDOT will also be monitoring several traffic cameras on I-465 and SR 37 and is able to alert motorists via electronic highway message signs to use alternative routes such as SR 67 in the event of accidents or unusually high traffic. Electronic signage will also be used on highways and surrounding streets to direct fans without reserved parking passes to available pay lots. For up-to-date information on game-day traffic and parking options, go to IUHoosiers.com, or get game-day traffic updates on Twitter @IUTraffic.
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