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Post Further relief on the way for postgame traffic

Saturday May 26, 2007

Much of the remaining non-reserved Georgia football parking is on East Campus where there are several surface lots and two large parking decks. Getting these cars back onto the Athens bypass after games often isn’t a pleasant experience. Cars have to be routed somehow through campus streets and eventually onto College Station Road.

The volume of traffic trying to get onto the bypass was so heavy that police directed many cars onto the ramp ordinarily used by traffic exiting the bypass where they would have to make a hairpin 180-degree turn at the top of the ramp to head west towards highway 316.

A better solution is on the way – a new ramp is being constructed that will provide a direct route from East Campus onto the bypass. The ramp will begin near the north side of the East Village Parking Deck and enter the westbound lanes of the bypass before the College Station Road exit.

The new ramp will only be used for emergencies and during special events like football games. The project should be completed within the next week or two.

This sounds like a great solution. Nothing will ever eliminate the headache of tens of thousands of cars trying to leave campus at once, but this idea should provide a nice release valve for some of the East Campus traffic.

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