Survive the Split - Construction & Colts game

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Thousands of Colts fans will deal with some major construction closures for the first time this weekend as they come downtown for the Colts home opener on Sunday.

Both the team and the city are concerned about traffic.

The 59-day projected construction window overlaps the heart of the Colts season, with four home games likely affected. INDOT and Colts are warning fans to plan ahead on game days.

See what's open and what's closed - Survive the Split

Saturday was a dress rehearsal of sorts - getting to lucas oil stadium without using a major section of interstate. If you are going to the game Sunday, give yourself 15-20 extra minutes.

Donald and Tammy George came from Dayton to watch their son Jordan play football: Kettering Alter against the Guerin Catholic Golden Eagles--one of three high school games in the Lucas Oil Stadium Showcase. It took them a little longer than expected to make the trip.

"I didn't see any signs that said Lucas Oil on 'em so that's why I took Fletcher...I know Fletcher and I pulled out the GPS."

The Gerhard's also came in from Dayton, but made it to the stadium a different way.

"We knew we were getting on 65 north and getting off at West Street. So we have a daughter who goes to school at Loyola in Chicago so we do this road pretty frequently, but we didn't have any construction problems or any traffic problems or anything like that."

Many fans have concerns about how this will all play out on Sunday.

"I think it's going to be a nightmare." Said one fan. "I just have a feeling when you have 60,000 people--patrons and such it'll be a parking lot."

So why do the construction now? With football season just getting underway and kids back in school? INDOT said they had to act as soon as possible after a February accident that nearly split a bridge beam in half.

The bottom line: If you are coming downtown Sunday for the game--give yourself 15-20 extra minutes.

The good news: You'll only have to deal with the closure for 3 more home games, then we will be back to typical game day traffic.

INDOT is adding additional message boards with information to guide you to and from Lucas Oil Stadium. You'll see those around Marion County.

There are usually backups to and from Colts games on a normal Sunday, so the detours are expected to slow things down even more. And outbound traffic after games has everyone most concerned.

IMPD believes these modifications will streamline outbound traffic during the construction project.