Athens-Clark County PD’s traffic control, never exactly the stuff of legends on game day, is likely to be challenged even more severely by the influx of what is expected to be a larger than normal sized crowd.
If this is meant to reassure, I’m not getting the message.
Athens-Clarke police have “been planning for this weekend for over two months. We believe we have a plan in place to handle the anticipated crowds,” police spokesman Geoffrey Gilland said.
Gilland and Greg Trevor, executive director for media communications at UGA, said their agencies do not discuss specifics of their security plans.
UGA did say they are bringing in additional staffing to assist with the crowd.
Gilland said the traffic plan in place is designed to move vehicles out of campus and downtown and onto the Athens Perimeter when the game is over.
Police are also loading their traffic patterns onto an app that people can access to see post game traffic routes. Gilland said police are using the app Waze in an effort to provide this information to the public.
People are advised that at least 21 streets in the downtown district will be modified to keep traffic flowing out of town, Gilland said.
Many downtown interior streets will be blocked and traffic will not be able to access some locations, he said.
Clayton Street from Thomas to Pulaski streets will be closed off to vehicular traffic sometime after 8 p.m., Gilland said.
People using ride shares are asked to utilize Washington Street and Hancock Avenue as traffic will not be permitted to stop on Broad Street. South Street between Thomas and Jackson streets is also open for ride shares.
Parking on campus is restricted and it is best to avoid streets surrounding campus including Lumpkin Street, Gilland said.
“Do not stop and ask an officer for help while they are directing traffic,” he said.
Shit, help? Why would this night be different from any other? They may be from the government, but they are not there to help.
Screwing with street access isn’t the only thing you need to be aware of. Georgia is contributing with gate access changes.
Yeah, this is going to end well. Anyway, you have been warned, peeps. In Athens, fan-friendly is a state of mind.