Fans Alerted to Road Construction Projects

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Construction of K-18 west of Manhattan is in its final stages, but fans traveling to K-State football games this season are advised by law enforcement officials to still allow for extra time on their trip to Bill Snyder Family Stadium.

The ongoing road work on K-18 from 56th Avenue to just west of Seth Child Road (K-113) is expected to be completed in the late fall.  In the meantime, the roadway in that stretch is reduced to a single lane in each direction. Fans may exit K-18 at Scenic Drive, which is reopened to traffic this season, and continue north to either Anderson Avenue or Kimball Avenue for an alternate route toward the stadium.

When completed, the three-year project will conclude the upgrade of K-18 to a four-lane freeway from I-70 to Manhattan.

On I-70 in Dickinson County, a concrete overlay and bridge improvement project between exits 275 and 286 is expected to be completed in early November.  In the meantime, traffic in the westbound lanes is head-to-head in that stretch while the eastbound lanes are closed for reconstruction.

In the area of Aggieville, construction is ongoing along a two-block portion of Bluemont Avenue from Manhattan Avenue east to 11th Street.  The project includes grading and surfacing, storm sewer and traffic signal installation and the addition of a raised median in the center of Bluemont.  During peak commute times, motorists should expect delays and consider an alternative route.  The project is scheduled to be completed in mid-October.                

All parking lots around Bill Snyder Family Stadium open five hours prior to kickoff.  Parking in the east and west lots of the stadium is reserved for members of the Ahearn Fund and requires a pass for entry.  Paid parking for fans with disabilities is available on a first-come, first-served basis in the east and west stadium lots. To gain entry, guests must display a state-issued accessible license plate or hangtag and present a disability card along with a form of personal identification.  All other general public parking is limited to grass parking in Lot 9 east of the stadium, in the paved lot of the Peters Recreation Center or in private satellite lots and parking areas on campus.  General public parking fees are $20 for cars.

Additional public parking is available near the Equine Center north and east of the fire station on Denison Avenue and north of the sheep grazing lot on Denison.  Fans coming to the stadium from the east who find the satellite lots full along Kimball Avenue may access the Equine and sheep lots by turning north on College Avenue to Marlatt Avenue, then south on Denison.

K-State and North Dakota State kick off the 2013 season at 7:30 p.m. Friday. The game, which also marks the grand opening of the new West Stadium Center, will be televised nationally on FOX Sports 1.