Anyone driving in for a Notre Dame home football game this year can expect to see some changes.
The University is building a road from the Indiana Toll Road, directly into the White Field parking lot. If you have been around Toll Road Exit 77 and State Road 933 during a home game, you know how congested traffic can be.
Officials from the University of Notre Dame are hoping that a new road being created will help alleviate some of the traffic headaches on game days.
Long lines of cars are usually the norm on football Saturdays in the fall, but anyone trying to get to White Field for parking may have it a little easier this season.
Notre Dame, along with help from the Indiana Toll Road, is making a new road off exit 77. The road will cross over State Road 933, into the White Field parking lot.
The road will only be open for home football games and a few other select events. The University is hoping the changes will make it easier for not only visiting football fans, but for neighbors.
“We're hoping that folks will find it a lot more convenient and less likely to park in the streets surrounding the campus. We don't know exactly what the impact will be with the road in terms of delays, it's just, intuitively, I feel it's going to be a huge improvement, no scientific or engineering studies to refer to at this point,” says Jim Lyphout, Vice President for Business Operations at Notre Dame.
These traffic flow changes only affect White Field, that is the general public parking lot just north of Douglas Road. Meantime, the other parking lots on campus will still require the special hangtags.
The road is scheduled to be open for the Irish home opener on Saturday, September 1st.