IOWA CITY — One-way — or another — fans will depart Iowa Hawkeye home football games this season.
Again this year, Iowa City officials have announced plans to convert a section of Dubuque Street — a main artery to the downtown area — to a one-way with two lanes of northbound traffic following home games.
The Hawkeyes kick off their 2017 season on Saturday against Wyoming at Kinnick Stadium. Game time is 11 a.m.
Following the game — and after all other home games — Dubuque Street will become a one-way from Park to Foster roads.
Melissa Clow, special project administrator with Iowa City, said university officials estimate one-way traffic should continue for about 90 minutes after each game but could wrap up sooner or be extended later depending on the number of vehicles.
Those traveling to Iowa City during the one-way conversion are being advised to take exit 246 onto Dodge Street/Highway 1. Those who live north of Park Road and get into Iowa City by way of Dubuque Street should go north to Dodge Street or use other local roads, according to a news release from the city.
Pregame traffic on Dubuque Street will remain two-way, but drivers should expect delays due to the continuing Iowa City Gateway Project, a roughly $40.5 million flood mitigation effort to raise the street to 1 foot above the 100-year flood level.
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Those driving into town for the game are being directed to exit Interstate 80 at Dodge Street/Highway 1 or take exit 240 onto Coral Ridge Avenue/Highway 6. Taking that exit is the best way to catch the Hawkeye Express train from Fount Plaza, 2441 James St. in Coralville.
The University of Iowa is expected to provide additional traffic control staff to help with Dubuque Street one-way traffic following home games, according to the release.
Iowa City Transit also is offering a shuttle service for Manville Heights residents who need to get in and out of the Peninsula neighborhood during the postgame one-way conversion. Anyone who wants to go to City Park before and after the game is directed to use Riverside Drive, according to the release.
For more information regarding gameday traffic, go to footballgameday.hawkeyesports.com.
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