MANHATTAN, Kan. -
Continuing construction on the realignment of the intersection of Marlatt Avenue and US 24 (Tuttle Creek Boulevard) north of Bill Snyder Family Stadium will alter some post-game traffic routes for K-State football fans during the 2009 season, according to Riley County Police and Kansas Highway Patrol officials.
Law enforcement personnel are advising fans to "Go With The Green" by reviewing and following the designated post-game routes as indicated on the traffic map available at www.k-statesports.com. Fans may also tune to 1610 AM in their cars for traffic advisories as they leave the stadium. Information is also available at www.rileycountypolice.org.
The adjustments to post-game traffic will only affect those exiting from the parking lots east of the stadium. The key change is for those wishing to travel north to Marlatt will instead be directed to continue eastbound on Kimball to US 24/Tuttle Creek Boulevard. At that intersection, traffic will be routed north or south.
"We are working closely with RCPD and the KHP to inform our fans of the changes that are necessitated by the construction project," said Casey Scott, Associate Athletics Director for Operations. "Additional officers from both agencies will be placed at key points along the traffic routes east of the stadium to assist in providing exiting as quickly and smoothly as possible."
Construction at the intersection of Marlatt and US 24/Tuttle Creek Boulevard includes grading, concrete pavement, asphalt surfacing, installation of traffic signals and new pavement markings. In addition, the project features a pedestrian underpass walkway and, when completed, will realign Marlatt to match the two adjoining legs of the intersection instead of its current offset configuration.
During the construction, which is scheduled for completion in late 2009, Marlatt and Walters Drive will be closed and US 24/Tuttle Creek Boulevard will be reduced to one lane each direction through varying phases of the project.
As for public parking around Bill Snyder Family Stadium, Athletics Department officials noted one major change for the 2009 season with the reopening of the area known as the "sheep lot" at the northwest corner of Kimball and Denison avenues across from the fire station. The lot was closed last season due to construction, but is once again available for parking of about 200 vehicles.
All parking lots open five hours prior to kickoff. Parking in the east and west lots of Bill Snyder Family Stadium is reserved to 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 $15 for cars.