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Thursday, September 23, 2010
Bronco Game, GameDay and Women's Fitness Traffic Advisory

Downtown Boise will be busy with Women’s Fitness Celebration, the Bronco Game and ESPN College GameDay occurring on Saturday.

With so much going on in a confined area, motorists are cautioned to plan ahead, go early and be flexible when trying to get to any of the events occurring in downtown Boise.

Temporary road closures for the St. Luke’s Women’s Fitness Celebration 5K Run, Walk & Stroll could create a challenge for Bronco fans wanting to attend the ESPN broadcast at roughly the same time – or tailgaters trying to secure a prime spot. Starting at 8:30 a.m., Capitol Boulevard and Crescent Rim Drive will close until about 10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m., respectively. Americana Boulevard, between Shoreline Drive and Crescent Rim, will close at 7 a.m. In addition, a 12-block area of downtown Boise near the Statehouse will close at 7 a.m. (Please see attached map.)

Football fans planning on attending the GameDay broadcast at Bronco Stadium are being told to show up as early as 5 a.m., which means they can avoid the closures.

By 11 a.m., travel through downtown should mostly clear as the last of the Women’s Fitness participants finish and the roads reopen.

Because of the concurrent events, Bronco fans are advised to:

• Use Broadway to get to the stadium, either from Interstate 84 or from State Street. This route will be unaffected by the Women’s Fitness event.

• Those attending the game but not participating in the GameDay broadcast should use Broadway for their route in or consider delaying their arrival until after 11 a.m., when the Fitness Celebration has cleared.

ACHD traffic staff will monitor traffic from the Traffic Management Center in Garden City, using remote connections to adjust signal timing to make the trips to and from the stadium smoother. But with an anticipated 12,000 Women’s Fitness participants and Bronco Nation hoping to turn out more than 16,000 fans for GameDay, there will be an unusually heavy amount of traffic downtown with a number of major streets closed.

“We’ll have it set up to get the cars in as best we can,” said Mike Boydstun, traffic operations engineer. “I’m not exactly sure what to expect, but we’ll make it flow the best we can.”

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