While the Irish are preparing to take on Purdue on Saturday, South Bend Police are gearing up for game day traffic.
Construction projects brought some headaches last year. But, one of the main projects currently underway will be putting the brakes on its progress during game day weekends. Crews have been out on Indiana 933 for the past few weeks to renovate Memorial Hospital's skywalk. The construction work led to lane restrictions northbound and southbound on the busy road. Now, hospital officials say all the lanes will be opened up on the Friday at 2 p.m. Until early Monday morning whenever there is a home game.
"That is a great relief because when you're having an in-state game, that adds to the amount of people that we see in the South Bend area," said Captain Philt Trent, South Bend Police. "You could, potentially, for an instated game see several thousand more visitors. And, that equates to several hundred more cars. So, it is nice when the north and south corridors are opened up completely."
South Bend residents should expect delays on streets like Angela Boulevard, Douglas Road and Juniper Road. One-way traffic patterns start three hours before kick-off and continue for 1 1/2 hours after the game.
"When it is over, people want to just leave and they leave all at once," Trent said. "You have 80,000 people plus leaving the Notre Dame area and that is when the one-way gets problematic."
Trent suggests that those not planning on going to the game avoid the half mile radius around campus completely.