LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - With the Razorback's home opener on Thursday night at War Memorial Stadium, traffic is expected to be more congested than normal.
If you work downtown or plan to attend the game, stadium and highway officials said you will need a traffic plan.
The Razorback game starts just after rush hour but traffic changes will begin hours before that. Arkansas State Troopers are implementing game day changes at major intersections along Interstate 630 beginning at 3 p.m.
"We are going to have signs up on 630 days leading up to the game to tell everybody about the traffic flow situation. We recommend if you are not going to the game to stay away from 630 and find an alternate route," said Meg Matthews, the Public Information Coordinator for Arkansas State Parks.
The outside lane, both east and westbound on I-630 will be used as a cuing lane for traffic that is headed to the game. Cones will be set up to direct game day traffic into those lanes. Fair Park and the Pine/Cedar exits will see the biggest change.
"So, Fair Park is going to turn into a one-way street and this way it will allow people to get in more smoothly and certainly more quickly and get people to their designated places," said Matthews.
The highway department says, drivers should also expect a heavy volume of traffic along Interstates 30 and 430. They also expect traffic delays along Markham between downtown and Rodney Parham. Stadium officials said even though it's a weeknight, they still expect a large crowd.
"The gates for tailgaters will open at 7:00 a.m., so we recommend people to come on in early. We might not have as many tailgaters because of the chance of rain," she said.
Several nearby schools including Catholic High School, Mount Saint Mary Academy and Holy Souls have early dismissal on Thursday because of these changes.
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