What to expect for Alabama football gameday traffic


TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) — Football season has arrived, and the Alabama Crimson Tide play Arkansas State in their home season opener on Saturday, which means a lot of cars on the roads in Tuscaloosa this weekend.

Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) Public Information Specialist John McWilliams says football fans should be aware of new construction projects in Tuscaloosa. 

“What we have on Lurleen Wallace is a project that’s gonna increase the effective capacity of the roadway,” said McWilliams. “And what I mean by that is we’re moving the parallel parking to the side streets and adding two turn lanes.” 

Those traveling to Tuscaloosa on the interstate might also run into slowdowns. 

“We also have work going on I-20/59, and that’s from near milepost 77 to near milepost 73,” said McWilliams. “So we want motorists to be mindful of their speeds when they travel through that area.”

ALDOT and the University of Alabama are pairing up to monitor the roadways from the Regional Traffic Management Center. Together, they have eyes on about 60 cameras to watch live traffic. 

People can access this information for real-time updates.

“Make sure you check our ALGO app. Make sure you check social media of the University of Alabama on gameday,” said McWilliams. “They have an active social media as well to let people know of any up-to-date crashes or anything that can happen to delay travel time.”

Saturday night, University Blvd between Reed Street and Campus Drive (the Strip) will close to traffic beginning at 10 p.m. It will reopen after the bars close. 

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