University Park, Pa- With Penn State’s first home football game approaching this Saturday, WTAJ spoke with local Spring Township Police Chief Michael Daneker to gather some tips on how to drive safe in traffic anticipated before and after the games, while also looking to make you aware of areas prone to congestion.
“Our traffic-ways aren’t really designed for that volume of traffic in that quick of a time period… so just be patient, you’ll get where you need to go, just relax and enjoy it”, Chief Daneker said.
Daniker’s officers specifically focus on the traffic near the I-80/I-99 interchange both before and especially after PSU home football games.
“Everybody’s in a mad dash to get out of the stadium and get in their cars and get home,” Daneker said.
He added, “We try to be proactive to alert people because people are going 55 to 60 [mph] and all of a sudden they come to a standstill.”
Currently, there’s not much that can be done to stop traffic leaving the stadium towards the Bellefonte, I-80 interchange. But, Penn-Dot has added a traffic light for those exiting I-80 West heading towards the stadium… complete with a camera that can keep traffic moving off of I-80, with the goal of limiting accidents.
And there are a few common tips the department says to keep in mind when leaving the stadium.
“Number one, make sure you have a designated driver if you have been drinking, and two… use some caution, don’t be in a super hurry,” Danker said.