WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – This weekend is the first home football game at Purdue and university police are busy trying to prepare for the big crowds and traffic. Games are an exciting time for students and fans, but it is a busy time for the Purdue Police Department.
Lt. Keene Red Elk said the department has been working on a plan to help football traffic flow after games.
“We have their best interest in mind when we are moving people out to 231,” said Red Elk.
He said last year, the new U.S. 231 opened one day before the Purdue-Notre Dame game. He said Purdue police were trying to direct them to U.S. 231, but it caused confusion for fans trying to leave. The new portion of 231 was not updated in GPS devices.
“So, what was happening is we’re pushing out to 231 and their GPSs are telling them they’re driving through a corn field. Take the next right,” said Red Elk.
Which led fans right back into the football traffic. Red Elk said the department worked with area police departments, Purdue Athletics and the Joint Traffic Research Project to come up with a plan.
There is a tab called Fan Zone on the Purdue Sports page that gives drivers directions to take after the game.
“We push everyone out on 231. We push them out to 52,” said Red Elk. “We push them out to River Road, farther on south to 28 to get to 65 to go south.”
Red Elk said game day parking lots are highlighted on the interactive map. Someone can click on their parking lot and their destination and it will show the ideal route to take after the game and will help drivers leave as quickly as possible.
“Trust what we’re trying to get you to do,” said Elk. “Like I say, we’re just trying to get you out of here. We’re trying to get it so where you move as much as you can. ”
There will also be QR codes in the parking lots, so people with smart phones to scan and get directions.
Red Elk said this plan should help traffic flow in West Lafayette and Lafayette after the games. He suggests fans show up early to games to help avoid traffic and check out the website for the best route to take after the game.