Super Bowl changing traffic routes
The Super Bowl promises to bring a lot of visitors. It will also challenge year-round residents who will see changes when navigating downtown
The city is already preparing for Super Bowl traffic changes. Barricades are already stacked and will soon be placed on major streets around downtown.
Organizers suggest you prepare as well. And now is not too early to do it. Your satellite navigator will be of little help when the traffic patterns change.
"What your GPS may tell you, even north of a restriction, may be a different exit off the highway," according to Mel Raines of the Super Bowl Traffic Committee. "We really hope they'll look at the directions. We may recommend a different route."
Better yet, you may want to park and ride. Shuttle rides will be available for $2 per person at three pre-sale locations:
North - 327 N. Illinois Garage
West - Former Airport Long Term Parking Lots
East - Market District Garage & Surface Lot
Organizers recommend the east location for southsiders looking to use the shuttles, which will take you within a block of the Convention Center.
Five-hundred people signed up for Park and Ride Monday - that's double the number who signed up in the last two weeks. So you may want to make your reservations now.
If you still want to drive yourself to downtown, be aware there will be a lot of changes in the downtown traffic patterns.
The Traffic Committee has prepared a map of what you can expect starting Thursday, January 19th. Click here to view the maps.
The blue line shows traffic moving clockwise, and is known as the "bowl route."
the orange line, where traffic moves counter-clockwise, is called the "super route."
Signs are already going up in and around downtown.
You will also see the red line, which indicates closures and restrictions mainly around Georgia and Capitol streets, starting on the 19th.
Other closures will take effect as game day approaches.