ATHENS, Ga. -- Two construction projects in and around Sanford Stadium will be noticeable to fans attending Saturday's season-ending football game between Georgia and Houston scheduled for 12:00 noon.
The first project taking place is the transition of D.W. Brooks Drive to a pedestrian mall, an effort that will be accomplished over several years. Work already has begun that has resulted in the permanent closing to vehicular traffic of the block of Brooks Drive between Carlton and East Green streets. Subsequent sections will close as the work proceeds north, ending at Cedar Street.
Fans attending the football game will not be able to travel along Brooks Drive on the one-block section under construction. Motorists coming from Lumpkin Street can turn right onto Carlton Street, left onto Sanford Drive and then right onto East Green Street adjacent to Snelling Dining Hall until it reaches Brooks Drive. Motorists coming from East Campus Road can turn left onto Green Street and then right onto Brooks Drive.
The second project is taking place near Gate 6 at the east end of the stadium where renovation will improve pedestrian access and concession areas. The project will not disrupt the game vehicle or pedestrian traffic in any way.
On Dec. 3, the work at the stadium will result in two changes in traffic patterns. The three-lane portion of East Campus Road directly behind the stadium will be reduced to two lanes and approximately 15 parallel parking spaces on Field Street adjacent to the east end of the stadium will be eliminated. One lane of traffic traveling one way to the east will be maintained during construction.
The projects originally were slated to begin Nov. 10 following Georgia's game with Auburn, which was to have been the Bulldogs' final home game before the Sept. 15 contest with Houston was rescheduled. School officials decided to proceed with the projects as scheduled to avoid delay in completion.