SUNFLOWER SHOWDOWN TO BRING FOOTBALL FANS TO LAWRENCE
The matchup between two Kansas schools is expected to bring extra traffic to the Turnpike this Saturday, Oct. 22, and will bring extra fans to Lawrence. The annual Sunflower Showdown between the University of Kansas Jayhawks and the Kansas State University Wildcats brings fans for both teams to the game and to the city it is hosted in. Along with extra travelers, the game will bring extra troopers to the area to assist, as well. Troopers will help with traffic control, and will conduct a post-game saturation patrol.
There are some important traffic reminders to consider. Law enforcement is requesting that westbound I-70 traffic traveling to the game, exit at the West Lawrence exit 202, due to construction of a bridge off the East Lawrence exit 204.
Following the game, the Kansas Highway Patrol will be conducting a RAVE (Roving Aggressive Violation Enforcement) saturation patrol in Lawrence in an effort to help reduce the number of impaired drivers on the roads and encourage safe driving practices. A RAVE is a saturation patrol that occurs when troopers converge on a specific area with the primary focus on the detection of impaired drivers. The RAVE deployment will be funded by an Impaired Driving Deterrence Program (IDDP) grant, courtesy of the Kansas Department of Transportation.
Travelers should be prepared for delays, and patience will be key as the additional traffic navigates into Lawrence. If you plan on celebrating before, during, or after the game, make sure you designate a sober driver beforehand. Don’t forget to buckle your seatbelts, and to secure children in the appropriate child safety seats, they are your best defense if you are involved in a crash.