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Major Events Downtown Thursday Evening Expected to Bring Heavy Traffic
September 2, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Downtown traffic is projected to be extremely heavy Thursday during rush hour as football fans head to Nissan Stadium for the Titans-Vikings game, music lovers head to Public Square Park for Live On The Green, baseball fans travel to First Tennessee Park for the Sounds game, and downtown commuters travel home.
Workers heading out of downtown Thursday are strongly encouraged to avoid anticipated congestion around Nissan Stadium, the Historic Courthouse and First Tennessee Park.
In preparation to accommodate the more than 90,000 persons expected for the Titans Game, Live On The Green, and Sounds game, the Woodland Street Bridge will close to regular traffic by 4:30 p.m. and then be available only to pedestrians and shuttle buses. Titans fans who normally park in state employee lots will not have access to them until late in the afternoon when they are vacated by state workers.
1st, 2nd and 3rd Avenues North will be closed at Church Street beginning at 4:30 p.m. Persons who normally travel those roadways are urged to take Broadway to Rosa L. Parks Boulevard to travel north. Doing so would avoid the extremely congested areas of 1st through 5th Avenues on Church Street.
Eastbound James Robertson Parkway is expected to become very congested during afternoon rush hour. Motorists are encouraged to consider taking Rosa L. Parks Boulevard to the MetroCenter interstate exchange.
Live On The Green festivities begin at 5 p.m. Gates to First Tennessee Park open at 6 p.m. Gates to Nissan Stadium open at 5 p.m. Stadium parking lots open at 3 p.m. to fans with parking passes. Those without parking passes are encouraged to seek available parking downtown (www.parkitdowntown.com) or ride a shuttle bus.
InShuttle will provide park and ride bus service for this game ($10 per person) from parking lots at Rosa L. Parks Boulevard at 10th Avenue North and 10th Circle North at Charlotte Avenue beginning at 5:30 p.m.
KOREAN WAR VETERANS MEMORIAL BRIDGE
The Korean War Veterans Memorial Bridge (Gateway Bridge), which connects East Nashville to downtown, will be open to eastbound and westbound traffic until the beginning of the 4th quarter each game this season (Public Works crews begin to set the streets for mass egress at the start of the 4th quarter—sometimes earlier during preseason games). At the beginning of the 4th quarter, all lanes of the Korean War Veterans Memorial Bridge (Gateway Bridge) will be open to westbound traffic only, which should more quickly disperse congestion around Nissan Stadium.
OLDHAM STREET PARKING
Officers throughout the Titans season will enforce a no parking restriction on Oldham Street, just off North 1st Street. The restriction is in place to ensure that emergency vehicles can respond to the area unimpeded if necessary.
Those attending the game are reminded of the NFL’s league-wide restrictions, implemented last year, on what can be brought into stadiums. Anything larger than a clutch style purse must be a clear plastic bag, medical items excluded. Nissan Stadium security staff will be enforcing the bag policy. For further information on the bag restrictions, visit http://www.nfl.com/qs/allclear/index.jsp.
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