Titans, Vanderbilt games expected to cause traffic delays

Titans, Vanderbilt games expected to cause traffic delays (Image 1)

For the first time ever, the Tennessee Titans and Vanderbilt Commodores have games kicking off at the same time Thursday night.

The Titans wrap up the pre-season against New Orleans while Vanderbilt kicks off the 2012 season against the South Carolina Gamecocks.

Both games are set to begin at 6 p.m., likely causing traffic problems on both sides of the city.

Metro police said they will institute their regular game-plan for Titans games.

The Korean War Veterans Memorial Bridge, which connects east Nashville to Fourth Avenue North, will be open to eastbound and westbound traffic until the start of the fourth quarter when it will close to westbound traffic only.

There will be no access to the LP Field campus to eastbound traffic coming across the bridge from downtown.

In an effort to improve traffic flow this year, game day staff will also actively check for parking passes on vehicles as they enter the stadium campus.

Vehicles without parking passes will be turned away.

Since the game begins at 6 p.m., Metro police advises fans that state employee parking will likely be taken by downtown workers.

Fans without parking passes can park downtown and walk to LP Field, or take advantage of InShuttle Transportation's shuttle bus service.

Fans who park north Broadway should walk across the Woodland Street Bridge, just north of LP Field.  Fans who park along and south of Broadway should utilize the Shelby Street Pedestrian Bridge, located south of stadium.

Visit ParkItDowntown.com for complete downtown parking options.

Shuttle buses will leave from the state parking lot located at 4th Avenue North and Harrison Street and from the parking lot located at 10th Circle North off Charlotte Avenue beginning at 5:30 p.m.

The round trip cost is $10. Visit InShuttle.com for details.

Across town, the Vanderbilt-South Carolina game will likely tie up traffic on West End Avenue as fans head to the game at the same time people who work on the west side leave work for the day.

Vanderbilt employees are being given the option of parking at the fairgrounds and catching a shuttle to and from work.

The shuttle will run every 10 minutes.

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