Headed to Kimbrough for a game this season? Be sure to keep in mind that the bridge to the gym is closed. Here's the scoop:
The Amarillo District of the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has closed the Buffalo Stadium Bridge over US 87, which is a major arterial roadway into and out of Kimbrough Stadium for stadium event traffic. Those motorists attending Randall High School and Canyon High School football games need to be aware of changes to traffic routes in and out of the stadium.
Motorists travelling south on I-27/US 87 into Canyon who would normally use the overpass to enter the stadium will be directed left at the I-27/US 87 interchange and continue south on I-27 to Buffalo Stadium Road at exit 109, then to the north gates of the stadium. Traffic coming from Canyon should take the FM 3331 (Hunsley Road) exit off of US 87, then go north on the frontage road and enter the stadium at the southwest gate. Traffic coming north on I-27 from areas further south, including the Plainview area, should take the FM 3331 (Hunsley Road) exit off of I-27, then go west on Hunsley Road, then north on the US 87 frontage road to the stadium. Those motorists coming from the south should also park in the south parking lot for easier exit from the stadium.
After the game, local law enforcement officers will direct traffic out of the stadium. Motorists travelling north to the Amarillo area will be directed to the US 87 frontage road LEFT LANE. Motorists who wish to head to Canyon after the game will be directed to the US 87 frontage Road RIGHT LANE, then to the I-27 southbound access ramp. Motorists heading further south and on to Plainview will exit out of the west gates and will be directed to the US 87 frontage road RIGHT LANE, then on to the I-27 southbound access ramp. All traffic leaving through the north gates will be directed to the east and on to the northbound I-27 frontage road. Motorists need to follow all directional signs and instructions from law enforcement. This traffic control plan will be in effect for all events at the stadium through the fall.
The overpass is being replaced due to structural deficiencies discovered in the bridge during a routine inspection. The estimated $2 million project is expected to be completed by late November (weather permitting).