GPD Announces Detours For ECU's First 2011 Home Game

By: April Davis
By: April Davis

Greenville Police say there will be lots of detours Saturday as they expect a packed stadium and thousands of tailgaters outside Dowdy Ficklen Saturday morning and afternoon as East Carolina University plays host to Virginia Tech for the first home football Game of the 2011 season.

The game is scheduled to kick off at 3:30 p.m. Corporal R.S. Johnson of the Greenville Police Department Traffic Safety Unit says traffic is expected to be extremely heavy particularly on Charles Boulevard and E.14th Street. ECU parking lots will open 6 hours prior to the kick off time at 9:30 a.m., so you have plenty of time to park early and avoid traffic.

Police say drivers trying to avoid game traffic should not use Charles Blvd., 14th Street, Elm Street and Greenville Blvd because traffic on these roadways will be extremely heavy prior to and after the game.

14th Street will be closed from the ECU Facility Services building near West Rock Springs Road to Elm Street before and after the game. Parking on both the north and south sides of 14th Street from Elm Street to Berkley Road will by Permit Only. For that reason, no traffic will be allowed west on 14th Street from Elm Street and east on 14th Street from West Rock Springs Road without a visible parking pass or 14th Street access pass. These closings and restrictions will take place 3 1/2 hours prior to the kick off time and will remain in effect until approximately 1 and 1/2 hours after the game is over.

The Greenville Police Department and the North Carolina Highway Patrol will be working traffic post along these routes prior to and at the end of the game. The following traffic restrictions will be in place at the conclusion of the game to expedite the flow of traffic leaving the game. Drivers can expect these post game restrictions to be put in place between 5:00-5:30 PM.

-No traffic will be allowed west on 14th Street from Elm Street. All traffic exiting from the C.M. Eppes parking lot will be diverted west on 14th Street and turn right onto College Hill Drive to 10th Street.

-All traffic exiting from Berkley Road will be diverted east onto 14th Street. 14th Street from Berkley Road to Elm Street will be eastbound traffic only. The center lane will be sent east on 14th Street crossing over Elm Street out to Greenville Blvd. and the right lane will turn right or south at Elm Street. Traffic leaving the stadium area on 14th Street will not be allowed to turn north on Elm Street. Traffic traveling south on Elm Street will have to go to Greenville Blvd. Turn around cut outs will be closed from 14th Street to Greenville Blvd.

-No traffic will be allowed east on 14th Street from West Rock Spring Road.

-Charles Blvd. will be closed to southbound traffic at 14th Street. All southbound traffic on Charles from 10th Street will be diverted west on 14th Street towards Evans Street.

-At Greenville Blvd. and Charles Blvd. no traffic will be allowed north on Charles Blvd. Traffic traveling north on Charles Blvd. from Red Banks Road will be diverted right onto Greenville Blvd.

-Traffic exiting the stadium area onto Charles Blvd. from the east side (Stadium Side) will have to travel north until they reach 14th Street. Traffic exiting onto Charles Blvd. from the west side (Carol Belk Building/Stratford Road side) will have to travel south until they reach Greenville Blvd. No U-turns will be allowed on Charles Blvd. from Greenville Blvd. north to 14th Street.

-A pedestrian walkway will be established for patrons leaving on Berkley Road. Pedestrians will need to stay within the established walkway on Berkley Road from Blackbeard’s Alley (rear stadium entrance/exit) to the railroad tracks near 14th Street. Vehicle traffic will be exiting at the same time on the same route to 14th Street on the opposing side of the barricaded walkway.

Police say normally theses traffic restrictions last approximately 1- 1.5 hours after the game, but could last longer.

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  • by A PIRATE on Sep 10, 2011 at 01:00 PM
    To FACTOID: A parent with a bad child still wants the child to do a good thing. Just because he/she is not #1 doesn't mean you give up on them. I'd hate to be your child with problems! GO PIRATES GO! Some of us are proud of you!
  • by John Boy Location: Tarboro on Sep 10, 2011 at 11:09 AM
    ECU is like kyle petty is to nascar... im just saying.
  • by wenc on Sep 10, 2011 at 07:45 AM
    do not drink if you plan on driving after the game!
  • by citizen Location: greenville on Sep 10, 2011 at 07:44 AM
    Better stay in tonight. Greenville is a dangerous place to live and the entire police force on duty tonight will be to busy to prevent any stabbings, shootings or robberies.
  • by Moderators Nightmare on Sep 10, 2011 at 07:31 AM
    I see the idiots are out in full force. Print this WITN!
  • by logic 101 Location: ENC on Sep 10, 2011 at 07:04 AM
    If the traffic bothers you that much, you would be well advised to relocate before it grows even more congested.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 10, 2011 at 06:23 AM
    Do people not realize how much money these games bring in? Way to show your support.
  • by Will on Sep 10, 2011 at 06:08 AM
    lol@both factoids....i agree with both comments
  • by Factoid on Sep 9, 2011 at 10:32 PM
    I hate Greenville when it comes to these stupid home football games. These people root for this team like they are some kind of National power. Little do they know, ECU is nothing outside of NC and they are a cupcake to teams like South Carolina and Virginia Tech.
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      by Another Factoid on Sep 10, 2011 at 05:30 AM in reply to Factoid
      If you hate it so much, then leave. You can just bite the Pirate Nation's rear end
    • reply
      by m on Sep 10, 2011 at 06:34 AM in reply to Factoid
      oh so true it is I hate and like it at the same time. It is true ECU is NOTHING outside of this area.
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        by Anonymous on Sep 10, 2011 at 08:28 PM in reply to m
        Tell that to the next ECU med school grad that is about to operate on you or treat you in an emergency room.
    • reply
      by Russ on Sep 10, 2011 at 06:54 AM in reply to Factoid
      Are you so sorry ECU doesn't recruit the lowlife players the large crooked teams go for?
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      by Chuck on Sep 15, 2011 at 01:29 PM in reply to Factoid
      Maybe So ,Maybe Not. Prior ECU AD'S Inability to "Pay" a decent salary to Football coaches & Assistants make ECU have to rebuild the football program back up about every 5 years. If Stupid Past AD Hamrick had left "Logan" alone He would have ECU in top 25 by now.But No.Hamrick Fired one of ECU'S Best coaches ever. I Remember when Va Tech was a loser also & Beamer was close to getting fired. S.Carolina has has up's & Downs also. Soon as Spurier leaves Or Retires S. Carolina will go down again. It Takes time To Build a good program.Gotta Keep The Head Coaches & His Assistants in place.
  • by Pirate fan but... Location: Gville on Sep 9, 2011 at 08:12 PM
    I understand the need to control the traffic, but can't tell you how bad it makes it for a citizen that lives in the area including Elm Street. Yes sports are a fact of life, but not being able to travel within the city if not going to the game is frustrating. Love that GPD is supposedly going to patrol the areas near the stadium for violations, but can tell you that for years we had driveways blocked and nothing done. Time to tow these folks if it happens. Don't get petty by others about comments you chose to live there..sorrry we were here way before the madness of a game that is only in fall and does nothing for society and students for future employment. Understand I love sports and support the pirates and grew up watching Alabama in Birmingham. We didn't deal with the closing of streets, and inconvenience. Hope the GPD will truly do their job this year for violations.
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      by Fact Check on Sep 10, 2011 at 08:16 AM in reply to Pirate fan but...
      They have been specifically forbidden from towing cars from that area because the powers at ECU do not want their fans to be inconvenienced.
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        by Anonymous on Sep 10, 2011 at 03:17 PM in reply to Fact Check
        Excellent policy
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