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Friday, September 2, 2011

KHP: Game Day Traffic Should Leave Early & Prepare for Delays


Press Release from the Kansas Highway Patrol

Construction zones add extra time to/from Jayhawk/Wildcat sporting events.

This weekend marks not only the Labor Day holiday weekend, but also the beginning of the college football season. With both Kansas State University and the University of Kansas playing at home this weekend, Kansas roads will see many people traveling to and from these games, as well as other destinations. There are some major road projects that gameday traffic should be aware of.

KU Jayhawk fans can expect traffic to be slow or delayed due to construction east of town. There is construction on the Kansas Turnpike I-70, in the area of mile marker 204. Both eastbound and westbound lanes have construction. To monitor the Kansas Turnpike's updates on traffic, you can go to their Twitter feed at www.twitter.com/KansasTurnpike.

K-State Wildcat fans traveling from the west should expect delays as they come into town on K-18, due to construction between Ogden and Manhattan. Watch for the Kansas Department of Transportation's message boards to notify you of delays or road closures, should there be an accident. You can also tune into the K-State Sports Radio Network, 101.5 FM or 1350 AM.
Regardless of whether you cheer on the Jayhawks, Wildcats, or another team this weekend, the Kansas Highway Patrol would like to offer these tips to help you enjoy the football season, and the holiday weekend safely.
  • Leave early. Traffic will be heavy a few hours prior to kickoff.
  • Expect delays in the areas mentioned above during both pre- and post-game traffic.
  • Be patient and courteous in pre- and post-game traffic.
  • Obey all traffic control signs in the construction zone. Watch for decreased speed limits and lane closure signs. Remember, citation amounts double in workzones.
  • Add additional following distance within the construction zone and heavy traffic areas.
  • Utilize a designated driver. Extra troopers are out as part of the Kansas Department of Transportation's Special Traffic Enforcement Program, and they will be watching for impaired drivers.
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