Oct. 3, 2012
MANHATTAN, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Transportation issued a traffic update Wednesday for fans traveling to Saturday's Dillon’s Sunflower Showdown football game with KU, detailing the ongoing construction projects from Topeka westward to Manhattan that will impact gameday commuting. KDOT is advising fans to expect delays through the project work zones and allow extra travel time to Manhattan.
Westbound traffic on I-70 to Manhattan will find the interstate open to two lanes of traffic except for approximately a half-mile over the Dry Creek Bridge, which is undergoing concrete pavement replacement work. KDOT says motorists should expect minor delays in this area.
For fans returning after the game 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., Friday, and reopening to all traffic at 6 a.m., Monday. Also, eastbound and westbound US-24 over the railroad track bridges (east of Goodyear Plant in north Topeka) is reduced to one lane each direction approximately one-half mile on either side of both bridges for repair work.
Fans utilizing US-24 from the east into Manhattan should note repair work is continuing on the bridge over the Big Blue River just east of the city limits. Westbound traffic is reduced to one lane and motorists are directed across the bridge via cones and signage, resulting in delays. The project is scheduled to be completed later this month.
Eastbound and westbound US-24 over the Bourbanis Creek and Ensign Creek bridges (located between Silver Lake and west of Rossville in Shawnee County) is reduced to one lane for both directions for ongoing bridge replacement construction. Traffic will be directed across both bridges via traffic signals at either end of the bridges.
Those traveling to Manhattan from the west are reminded of the reconstruction of K-18 reducing the highway to a single lane in each direction from Wildcat Creek Road on the west to Seth Child Road on the east.
Seventh-ranked K-State hosts KU at 11 a.m., Saturday in the first Sunflower Showdown meeting in Manhattan since 2009. Saturday’s game is sold out, marking the third time this season K-State has achieved that milestone.
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.