TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - During Friday's new U.S. 231 bypass ribbon cutting ceremony, Purdue President Mitch Daniels said the road was a big part of the campus' master plan.
He wants more traffic to the road so State Street can connect more with the campus by being pedestrian friendly.
On Saturday, the bypass had its first full day of cars. Many came in for the Purdue/Notre Dame football game.
"It's been very relaxed," Purdue University Police Sergeant Keene Red Elk said. "We had our initial rush when the lots opened at noon. We got everyone in without a problem."
However, even with signs pointing drivers to the 231 route, Red Elk said some drivers are still taking their old trails.
"The one area I've noticed where people are still using the old route is when they're coming through Chauncey Hill Mall to come out to some of our paid parking lots," Red Elk said. "What they need to understand is in reality it's quicker if they take South River Road to 231 and get off at Airport Road or 26 West."
From now on after football games, when police say it's the most crowded, police will be blocking off intersections leading into campus. Forcing drivers to go toward 231.
"It's like water," Red Elk said. "Get them out to the small areas then they can suddenly branch out where they want to go. But lets get the main flood out to the major arteries."
Red Elk said changing your route to include the new 231 bypass may take you a few miles out of the way, but he said the most important thing is that your vehicle will be moving. Before, you may have been sitting in a traffic jam.
Red Elk said the intersections into campus will be blocked off for about 45 minutes to an hour after the games end.
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