MANHATTAN, Kan. - The Kansas Department of Transportation has issued a traffic alert for fans traveling to Saturday's football game with Miami, noting several construction projects from Topeka westward to Manhattan that will impact gameday commuting.
KDOT issued an update on Friday afternoon for fans traveling along Westbound US-24 over the Big Blue River Bridge at the east city limits of Manhattan (Pottawatomie County). It will be REOPENED to two lanes of traffic beginning late Friday evening, September 7 through early Monday morning, September 10 for game day traffic. Before rush hour on Monday morning, September 10, westbound US-24 over the Big Blue River Bridge at the east city limits of Manhattan (Pottawatomie County) will again be reduced to one lane of traffic across the bridge for repair work. Traffic is directed across the bridge via cones and signage. Project work is scheduled to be completed in late October 2012.
For fans traveling eastbound on I-70, five bridges in the Topeka area - including MacVicar Avenue, MoPac Railroad (between 10th Street & Adams Street interchanges), Washington Street and Deer Creek/Carnahan Avenue (in downtown Topeka) - will be reduced to one lane though three separate work zones beginning at 7 p.m. on Friday, and reopening to all traffic at 6 a.m. on Monday.
The left lanes eastbound and westbound of I-470 from 21st Street to east of Gage Boulevard (in west Topeka) will be closed (one lane open each direction) for pavement repair work beginning at 7 p.m. Friday and reopening to all traffic at 6 a.m. Monday.
Eastbound and westbound US-24 over the railroad track bridges (east of Goodyear Plant in north Topeka) will be reduced to one lane each direction approximately one-half mile on either side of both bridges for repair work.
Eastbound and westbound US-24 from Grantville Road to K-237 (Shawnee & Jefferson Counties) will be reduced to one lane each direction for pavement reconstruction work throughout the project duration.
Eastbound and westbound US-24 over the Bourbanis Creek and Ensign Creek bridges (located between Silver Lake and west of Rossville in Shawnee County) will be reduced to one lane for both directions this weekend.
K-State hosts Miami in an 11 a.m. nationally-televised matchup on Saturday. A limited number of tickets remain for the contest. To purchase tickets fans can visit the ticket office online at www.kstatesports.com, call the ticket office by phone at (800) 221-CATS, or purchase in person at the Bramlage Coliseum Ticket Office between 8:30 a.m., and 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
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.