Tips for avoiding Titans home game traffic

Monday, August 23, 2010 at 3:19am
Staff reports

Metro police are working to make Tennessee Titans home games (at least the traffic) less of a headache for fans trying to get to the game and commuters trying to get home from work Monday.

Kickoff for the sold-out game against the Arizona Cardinals is at 7 p.m., but fans will begin flooding the areas surrounding LP Field much, much earlier.

Downtown workers and other motorists making the commute home Monday will get to their destinations quicker by avoiding the congestion around LP Field.

Bridge closings

For those parking downtown and making the trek across the river, the Woodland Street Bridge will close to regular vehicular traffic at 4:30 p.m. Pedestrians and shuttle buses may use it after 4:30.

The Korean War Veterans Memorial Bridge (Gateway Bridge), which connects East Nashville to Fourth Avenue North, will be open to eastbound and westbound traffic until moments before the conclusion of each game this season. However, there will be no access to the LP Field campus to eastbound traffic coming across the bridge from the downtown area in the two-hour period before each game (vehicles coming across the bridge will not be allowed to turn left into LP Field).

At the conclusion of each game this year, all lanes of the Korean War Veterans Memorial Bridge will be open to westbound traffic only, which should more quickly disperse congestion around LP Field.

Parking

Fans traveling downtown for the game and who normally park in state employee lots on game days will not have access to those lots Monday until 5 p.m., when they are vacated by state workers.

Fans parking north of Broadway, and those who use state parking lots, can safely walk across the Woodland Street Bridge from downtown to LP Field.

For fans parking along and south of Broadway, the Shelby Street Pedestrian Bridge will provide safe and easy access to the stadium.

Gates to LP Field open at 5 p.m. Monday but only persons with parking passes will be allowed to park on the stadium campus.

InShuttle will provide park and ride bus service for this game from the state parking lots at Fourth Avenue North & Harrison Street, from 10thCircle North downtown (off Charlotte across from TSU’s downtown campus), and from Greer Stadium beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Additional downtown-area parking information can be found by logging onto www.parkitdowntown.com.