Traffic

2019 TRAFFIC UPDATES

2019 TRAFFIC UPDATES

 

I-20/59 TUSCALOOSA CONSTRUCTION

Construction continues on I-20/59 between exits 77 & 73 in both directions. Narrow lanes and reduced speed limits will likely cause delays. Use Highway 216 Route (exit 100) or Cottondale Route (exit 79) to avoid congestion.

A portion of I-20/59 Northbound is divided into two lanes from Exit 73 to Exit 76.

Fans traveling North from I-359 are highly encouraged to use the left-most lane through to Birmingham.

CLICK HERE to view the New Traffic Pattern Map.

Fans traveling on McFarland Blvd. S are highly encouraged to use Skyland Blvd. to I-20/59N.

 

MCFARLAND BLVD. CLOSURE

A left turn lane from McFarland Blvd. onto I-20/59 N ramp is closed. Fans are highly encouraged to use the Cottondale or Hwy. 216 route when leaving Tuscaloosa.

Skyland Blvd. will also be utilized as an alternate route to I-20/59 for fans using McFarland Blvd. post-game.

 

LURLEEN WALLACE / DOWNTOWN TUSCALOOSA CONSTRUCTION

Lurleen B. Wallace Blvd. North & South through downtown Tuscaloosa will continue to undergo construction for the 2019 football season. As a part of a road widening project, various lanes will be closed to traffic throughout the fall. At least two lanes will remain open in both directions.  These closures may cause traffic delays. Please follow @UAGameday on Twitter for weekly traffic updates.

 

I-20/59 DOWNTOWN BIRMINGHAM CONSTRUCTION

A stretch of I-20/59 in downtown Birmingham will be closed for the 2019 football season.  Fans traveling to Tuscaloosa using I-59 South and I-20 West are highly encouraged to use I-459 South as a detour. For more information on this project CLICK HERE.

PREGAME TRAFFIC

GAMEDAY ROUTES AND PARKING ZONES

 

There are four different, clearly defined routes designed to provide fans with the most time-efficient ways to get to and to get home from the UA Campus.  Please use the appropriate route to and from the UA Campus which is closest to and most convenient to where you park. The four basic routes are defined below. Please note, the Cottondale Route and 216 Route share the same parking zone.

THE “COTTONDALE ROUTE” AND “216 ROUTE”

Either the Cottondale Route or 216 Route is the best route to use for fans parking in the area that’s defined as south of University Boulevard to the athletic complex, east of Hackberry Lane, and west of McFarland Boulevard.

 

Cottondale Route

    • Entering Tuscaloosa via I-20/59
        1. Take I-20/59 toward Tuscaloosa.
        2. Take exit 79 Cottondale/Coaling.
        3. Proceed west (turn right at the bottom of the exit ramp) on University Boulevard East (US HWY 11).
        4. Within the city limits of Cottondale, US HWY 11 and HWY 215 split at a fork in the road. Bear right onto HWY 215, continuning on University Boulevard East.
        5. Continue west on University Bouvelard (HWY 215 S) to the UA Campus.

 

    • Exiting Tuscaloosa via I-20/59
        1. Find your way to Jack Warner Parkway and proceed east.
        2. Continue on University Bouvelard (HWY 215 N) beyond the McFarland Boulevard intersection.
        3. Bear left at Skyland Bouvelard East while continuing on University Boulevard East (US HWY 11)
        4. Continue on University Boulevard East (US HWY 11) to I-20/59.

 

216 Route (only for fans traveling from the Birmingham area)

Please note: the Highway 216 route is not a preferred route for RV’s.

    • Entering Tuscaloosa via I-20/59
        1. From Birmingham, take I-20/59 toward Tuscaloosa.
        2. Take exit 100.
        3. At the top of the ramp, take a right on state 216 Route.
        4. Follow state 216 Route to University Boulevard East (HWY 215).
        5. At the traffic light at the intersection of HWY 216 and University Boulevard East, proceed straight ahead.
        6. Continue straight onto 15th Street East.
          (Note: 15th Street East will bear to the right just past the bridge.)
        7. Go beyond McFarland Boulevard.
        8. Turn right on 6th Avenue East or Edward Hillard Drive.
        9. Proceed to the UA Campus.

 

    • Exiting Tuscaloosa via I-20/59 (only for fans traveling toward the Birmingham area)
        1. From the UA Campus, travel south to 15th Street East.
        2. Continue on 15th Street East beyond McFarland Boulevard at Five Points.
        3. Continue straight towards University Boulevard East.
        4. Proceed straight beyond the traffic light at
          University Boulevard East to state 216 Route.
        5. Continue on state 216 Route to I-20/59.

 

THE “I-359 ROUTE”

The I-359 Route is the best route for fans parking in the area that is defined as south of Campus Drive, north of 12th Street, east of 10th Avenue, west of Hackberry Lane, or the west side of campus.

    • Entering Tuscaloosa via I-20/59
        1. Take I-20/59 toward Tuscaloosa.
        2. Take exit 71 B, I-359 north.
        3. I-359 north ends onto Lurleen B. Wallace Boulevard and continue straight on Lurleen B.Wallace Boulevard.
        4. Turn right onto Paul W. Bryant Drive or University Boulevard and travel east through downtown to the UA campus.

 

    • Exiting Tuscaloosa via I-20/59
        1. Find your way to University Boulevard or Paul W. Bear Bryant Drive (whichever is easiest) and proceed west.
        2. Continuing west, turn left onto Lurleen B. Wallace Boulevard South (this is a one-way street).
        3. Lurleen B. Wallace Boulevard South will become I-359 (No turns, just a name change).
        4. Continue on I-359 and it will lead you to I-20/59.
          • I-20/59 north toward Birmingham is to the left.
          • I-20/59 south toward Meridian is to the right.

 

    • Another alternative to utilize the I-359 Route is described below:
        1. Head westbound on Jack Warner Parkway.
        2. Continue straight past Greensboro Ave and turn left onto 28th Street.
        3. Follow 28th Street until making a left onto Stillman Ave.
        4. Continue on Stillman Ave to Lurleen B. Wallace Boulevard South.
        5. Turn right onto Lurleen B. Wallace Boulevard South which will become I-359.
        6. Continue on I-359 and it will lead you to I-20/59.
          • I-20/59 north toward Birmingham is to the left.
          • I-20/59 south toward Meridian is to the right.

 

THE “MCFARLAND ROUTE”

    • Entering Tuscaloosa via I-20/59
        1. Take I-20/59 toward Tuscaloosa.
        2. Take exit 73 McFarland Boulevard.
        3. Proceed North on McFarland Boulevard
          • From Birmingham, right at the bottom of the exit ramp
          • From Meridian, left at the bottom of the exit ramp.
        4. Follow McFarland Boulevard  to University Boulevard.
        5. Take the University Boulevard exit.
        6. Proceed West on University Boulevard to the UA Campus.

 

    • Exiting Tuscaloosa via I-20/59
        1. Find your way to Campus Drive East and proceed east on the one-way.
        2. Continue to the McFarland Boulevard access ramp.
        3. Take a right onto the access ramp to get onto McFarland Boulevard.
        4. Continue on McFarland Boulevard, which will take you to I-20/59.
          • I-20/59 north toward Birmingham is to the left.
          • I-20/59 south toward Meridian is to the right.

 

    • For an alternate route to the Interstate, continue straight on McFarland Boulevard to Skyland Boulevard. For Interstate access toward Birmingham, turn left on Skyland Boulevard. For Interstate access toward Meridian, turn right on Skyland Boulevard.

 

    • For traffic heading to Montgomery, use McFarland Boulevard (US-82) South
        1. Turn right onto 6th Avenue West.
        2. Turn right onto US-82 East/AL-219.
        3. Continue on US-82 East/AL 219 to the I-65 South ramp.
        4. Merge onto I-65 South via the ramp to Montgomery

ON CAMPUS ROAD CLOSURES

ON CAMPUS ROAD CLOSURES

 

Starting three hours prior to the scheduled kickoff time, or earlier if deemed necessary by law enforcement, the entire core campus area will be closed to thru traffic.  A proper UA Gameday permit is required to enter this restricted area.

 

Please take note of the following street closings, and make your driving and parking plans accordingly.  Unless noted, these streets will remain closed until after the post-game pedestrian and vehicular traffic clears.

 

To accommodate the Crimson Ride Transit System post-game, there will be bus lanes on East Campus Drive.  After the game, Campus Drive East between Hackberry Lane and 5th Avenue East will be one-way traveling east away from campus.

 

The following roads will be closed at 5:00 p.m. on the Fridays before gameday:

    • 6th Avenue (from University Boulevard to Capstone Drive)
    • 7th Avenue (from Ferguson Center to Capstone Drive)
    • Capstone Drive
    • Margaret Drive

 

The following roads will be closed at 7:00 a.m. on gameday:

    • West Fourth Street
    • Shelby Lane

 

The following roads will be closed at 8:00 a.m. on gameday:

    • 6th Avenue (from Bryant Drive to University Boulevard)
    • Wallace Wade Avenue
    • Colonial Drive
    • Bryant Drive (from 12th Avenue to 10th Avenue)

 

The following roads will be restricted to permit holders only starting three (3) hours prior to kickoff on gameday and will remain closed after the game until such time to be determined by law enforcement.

    • University Boulevard from 2nd Avenue to Campus Drive West
      • University Blvd at Hackberry Ln (Only proper credentials through the core of campus for fan safety)
    • Bryant Drive from 12th Avenue to Hackberry Lane
    • 10th Avenue from 12th Street to Bryant Drive
    • 7th Avenue from Capstone Drive to Campus Drive West
    • Marr’s Spring Road from Campus Drive West to Stadium Drive
    • Margaret Drive from Capstone Drive to Hackberry Lane
    • Hackberry Lane and Campus Drive East
    • Jefferson Avenue & Campus Drive East
    • Fraternity Lane & Campus Drive East
    • Bryce Lawn Drive & Campus Drive East
    • 4th Street East & 2nd Avenue

 

Only emergency vehicles and those with the proper UA Gameday permit from the University will be permitted along these roads. These roads will be re-opened at a time after the game as determined by local law enforcement. Thanks for your cooperation!

 

For more information, please look at both the Pregame  and Postgame Traffic Maps.

GOLF CART & LOW SPEED VEHICLE POLICY

GOLF CART & LSV POLICY

 

Golf carts & low speed vehicles will NOT be allowed access beyond campus road blocks without proper credentials.  This policy includes all ride sharing services (i.e. JoyRide).

 

Proper credentials may only be obtained by University departments or approved vendors with business on campus during Gameday.

POSTGAME TRAFFIC

ACCESS TO WHITT RESIDENTIAL CAMPUS & CLARA VERNER

 

Access to the Witt Residential Campus and Clara Verner Towers will be via Old Hackberry Lane from Jack Warner Parkway during post game traffic.

 

POSTGAME ONE-WAY STREETS

 

After the game is over, certain streets will become one-way streets until pedestrian and vehicle traffic clears.

 

The following streets on the UA campus will become one-way streets after the game:

    • Campus Drive West from Riverside Drive to New Marr’s Springs Road
    • Campus Drive West from Marr’s Spring Road to McCorvey Drive
    • Campus Drive East from the Campus Drive deck to Helen Keller Drive
    • McCorvey Drive from Campus Drive West to Jack Warner Parkway
    • New Marrs Springs Rd from Campus Drive West to Jack Warner Parkway

 

Other streets that will become one-way after the game ends:

    • Bryant Dr will be one-way heading west from Wallace Wade Ave to Queen City Blvd.
    • Bryant Dr will be one-way heading east from 10th Ave to Hackberry Ln.
    • University Blvd will be one-way heading west from Wallace Wade Ave to Queen City Ave.
    • 10th Ave will be one-way heading south from Bryant Drive to 15th St.
    • Edward Hilliard Blvd. will be closed between University Blvd and Bryant Dr.
    • Law enforcement will be diverting traffic traveling east on Bryant Dr onto 6th Ave, leading directly to 15th St.
      • From 15th Street, you may access any of the gameday routes.
        • I-359 Route (quickest route to Interstate)
          1. At 15th Street, take a right and proceed to 10th Avenue.
          2. At 10th Avenue, take a left and this will lead to I-359.
        • Cottondale Route (next quickest route to Interstate)
          1. At 15th Street, take a left and proceed to McFarland Boulevard.
          2. At McFarland Boulevard, continue straight until you reach AL 215.
          3. Take a right on AL 215, and this will lead to I-20/59.
          4. OR you can stay straight to take Route 216, which will lead you to exit 100 on I-20/I-59 (This route is only for those traveling toward the Birmingham area).
        • McFarland Route (slowest route to Interstate)
          1. At 15th Street, take a left and proceed to McFarland Boulevard.
          2. At McFarland Boulevard, take a right and this will lead to I-20/59.